Cigarette smoking changes genes

Cigarette smoking is bad, we’ve known that for some time but can it do more damage than we originally thought?

We have long seen the link between cigarette smoking and cancer in various organs in the body. Now a recent study shows that cigarette smoking can actually change your genes in your body.

This study might show how and why cigarette smoking changes everything from your immune system to mental function.

This comes from Live Science magazine, July 15th, 2010

“[S]mokers … were more likely to have unusual patterns of ‘gene expression’ related to tumor development, inflammation, virus elimination, cell death and more. A gene is expressed when it codes for a protein that then instructs, or kick-starts, a process in the body. The authors of the study found cigarette smoke could increase or decrease the level of expression of 323 genes.”

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