A few months ago, I received an email from a company called Chronomics that tests for epigenetic changes in your DNA. I’m still a bit scarred from my personal direct-to-consumer testing experience, so I was initially reluctant to explore yet another genetic test. But I find the study of epigenetics fascinating and finally agreed to sign on.

You see, we are born with our genetic code, or DNA, but epigenetics is the study of changes to your DNA that occur due to aging and environmental factors we’ve encountered throughout our lives – or the lives of our relatives. In fact, it has been shown that environmental stressors in our parents or grandparents can affect our DNA.

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