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Genes and illness

Injury, infection or an unhealthy lifestyle can all make you ill. So can your genes, the instructions that tell your body how to make all the different proteins it needs to survive and grow. A change in a gene may cause a change in a protein, affecting the way it works in your body. Some genes are involved in common illnesses, while others cause rare genetic conditions.

Genes influence your health.
Mark Pallen, Queen's University Belfast

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