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Beyond the blueprint

June 26th 2013, 17:40
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The whole of modern medicine rests upon the belief that, to a great extent, your future health is out of your control. Biologists and doctors in the main believe that the functioning and health of any organism are largely due to DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the coiled double helix of genetic coding within the nucleus engine room that holds the blueprints for the body's proteins and amino acids.

According to this idea, the central dogma of biology, the body gets created through an entirely self-sufficient process within its own boundaries: personality, physical characteristics, indeed the sum total of what defines us is crafted from the unique blueprint of DNA contained inside. Although we allow for the effects of emotional stress on our personal psychic development and of diet on certain aspects of our health, we assume that the raw clay of ourselves takes permanent shape and then sets and hardens largely from a process that moves outward from the gene through our cells to our organs.

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