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date: 23 March 2019

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Social factors influence health in part by altering the expression of genes in diseased tissue and immune cells. This chapter surveys the emerging field of social genomics, which has begun to identify the types of genes subject to social regulation, the biological signaling pathways mediating those effects, and the genetic polymorphisms that moderate socioenvironmental influences on human gene expression. After highlighting the implications of these dynamics for immune response and host defense, this chapter considers the evolutionary basis for the deep functional connections between social behavior and immune response.

Keywords: genetics, genomics, social factors, gene-environment interactions

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