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Genes and health

The relationship between the genes you inherit and the likelihood that you will develop a particular health problem is very complex. For example: it has long been known that some of the common diseases, which are responsible for a high proportion of deaths, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, are caused by a complicated interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Some people are more susceptible to the effects of factors such as over-eating, smoking or alcohol consumption it seems.

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