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Published on Apr 28, 2014
How is NIHfunded research helping to promote healthy babies? Weill Cornell scientists M. Elizabeth Ross Christopher Mason and Ph.D. student Priyanka Vijay have answers for a hopeful couple -- but first they'll have to leave the complex lab language behind. This video represents our ongoing quest to learn how the likelihood of disease at birth is shaped by environmental factors. The key lies in understanding how those factors affect epigenetic "switches" which decide how a body reads its own genetic blueprint. And that reading can mean the difference between sickness and health.