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ScienceDaily says a new subset of epigenetics, called mitochondria, is genetic enzyme material in another location that the nucleus. Shirley M. Taylor, Ph.D., researcher at VCU Massey Cancer Center and associate professor in the VCU Department of Microbiology and Immunology at VCU School of Medicine says “In mammals, all cells have two distinct genomes, which include all of an organism’s hereditary information. One set exists in the nucleus while the other exists in the mitochondrion, the energy generator of the cell.” The programming of epigenetics gets more and more complex but the triggers remain the same, stress, diet, thinking and toxins. These are things we can change in our lives without understanding the complexities of the programming. Mitochondrial DNA converts the chemical energy from food into a form of energy that each of our cells can use. This DNA has been seen to produce triggers that turn ON/OFF DNA genes in our nucleus (Methylation). We see a connection here from the foods we eat, being converted to energy and finally to triggering epigenetics. Understanding these triggers and which foods cause them is the realm of nutrigenomics.

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