2-1-2 SHort answer.docx - New research by Duke University Medical Centre shows that use of cannabis affects epigenetics causing structural and

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New research by Duke University Medical Centre shows that use of cannabis affects epigenetics, causing structural and regulatory changes in the DNA. The article states, “Experiments in rats  and a study with 24 men found that THC appears to target genes in two major cellular pathways  and alters DNA methylation, a process essential to normal development.” (Khanna, 2018).  During this research marijuana users and non-users were compared and the users were found to have altered DNA expressions.  “The higher the concentration of THC in the men's urine, the  more pronounced the genetic changes to their sperm were, the authors found.” (Khanna, 2018).  The following statements suggest that regular use of marijuana alters the expression of the DNA  of human beings. The specifics of the alterations are unknown, however, with marijuana 
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  • Fall '19
  • Genetics, DNA, DNA methylation, New Research, Khanna

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