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Study shows how vulnerable our genetic machinery can be to air pollution

Just two hours of exposure to can lead to fundamental health-related changes in biology by switching some genes on, while switching others off, according to researchers at the and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Chris Carlsten in the booth used to expose research volunteers to diesel exhaust fumes
This image shows associate professor of respiratory medicine in the booth used to expose research volunteers to diesel exhaust fumes.
Credit:Don Erhardt/UBC Faculty of Medicine


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Dr. Carlsten and Prof. Kobor, a Canada Research Chair in Social Epigenetics, are part of a national project exploring how environmental factors and epigenetics affect lung health. The project is funded by AllerGen Inc., a Canadian research network funded by Industry Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence Program.

University of British Columbia