Just two hours of exposure to diesel exhaust fumes can lead to fundamental health-related changes in biology by switching some genes on, while switching others off, according to researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health.
This image shows associate professor of respiratory medicine Chris Carlsten in the booth used to expose research volunteers to diesel exhaust fumes.
Credit:Don Erhardt/UBC Faculty of Medicine
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.