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Poverty can change our DNA, study finds

The cycle of poverty isn’t just an economist’s tag slapped on repeat generations of poor people, it’s actually changing genetics.

In other words, poor eating habits that may come with poverty can increase the risk of certain diseases. This we already knew. But a scientific discovery shows that those nutrition-linked diseases can make their way into the genome.

That’s according to a Northwestern University study that attaches science to poverty in new ways and more broadly challenges the prevailing understanding of genes as immutable features of biology that are fixed at conception. Instead, the stress of poverty can imprint on genes and be passed along.

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