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What some people may not realize is that "environment" to a scientist talking about genetics may be something very different from "environment" to a non-scientist reading a news article. While a scientist may be vividly imagining a bustling microenvironment of native molecules in the way only scientists seem to do, the general reader may simply be thinking about "toxins" or "chemicals."
by +Emily Willingham

No gene is an island: What do scientists mean when they talk about environment and genes?

Nope. This island does not represent your genes. (Source) When you read news stories about what affects a developing human in the womb or how cancer or obesity arises, you probably also see references to genes and environment. Some articles may focus on genes versus environment, or mention that something is "mostly" genetic or that the "environment" contributes to a disorder or trait in some way. What some people may not realize is that "environment" to a scientist talking about genetics may …

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