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lec10 - BE.104 Spring Environetics Cause and Effect J L...

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BE.104 Spring Environetics; Cause and Effect J. L. Sherley Outline I. Environetics II. Cause-Effect Determination I. ENVIRONETICS Definition: Environetics is that discipline that seeks to detect and quantify cause-effect relationships between non- infectious environmental agents and human health. Environetics employs concepts from epidemiology, biostatistics, logic, and good ol’ common sense to make this determination. For perspective, consider "The Genetic Paradigm of Disease" 1 Figure 1A:
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"All diseases are genetic." Not necessarily "hereditary," but caused by defects in genes. Refinement: All diseases are genetic except for those caused by toxins and infectious agents, which may also have dependencies on genotype (e.g., susceptibility) Genetics- Currently this discipline is out of control vs. environmental mechanisms Are all diseases due to defects in genes? 3 Figure 5A:
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