Newport, Kentucky (PRWEB) April 11, 2016
Dr. K. John Morrow, Jr., PhD, has written an important contribution to the national debate on the deterioration of our environment and the risks posed to human health. ‘Cancer, Autism and Their Epigenetic Roots’ (McFarland & Co, Inc. Publishers) delves into the connection between a striking increase in certain diseases and disorders including cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes, and the exposure to pollutants that influence epigenetic expression. The term “epigenetic” refers to modifications of our genetic heritage caused by changes in the controllers of the DNA message.
The author highlights the gathering body of evidence implicating our increased exposure to environmentally hazardous substances and the increase in the incidence of diseases believed to have an epigenetic basis. Morrow penned this work as a warning, arguing there is a wealth of evidence demonstrating that epigenetic mechanisms play a critical, and previously unrecognized, role in driving many diseases. The author weaves a compelling story that argues for more scientific research in a battle to understand the risks to our society of epigenetic damage.
The book includes personal anecdotes, recollections, interviews with players in the science of epigenetic discovery, and a review of the uncertainties in this burgeoning branch of scientific detective work. The final chapters discuss the implications for society.
Having taught and researched in genetics and molecular biology at the University of Kansas and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and held positions in the private sector as research director at Meridian Biosciences, Inc., Morrow shares his perspective from both the commercial and basic research side of the world of epigenetics. The author asks readers to look at the book on two levels: first as a short exposition of the scientific, social and political issues raised by epigenetics, and second for a source for nitty gritty footnotes covering critical details the interface between science and society.
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About K. John Morrow, Jr., PhD, President/CEO Newport Biotech Consultants
Dr. K. John Morrow, Jr., trained in the field of genetics (PhD, University of Washington, Seattle) did post-doctoral study at the Istituto di Genetica, Universitá di Pavia, Italy, and the Institute for Cancer Research (now the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia PA).
Morrow has extensive experience in the academic community, including faculty positions at the University of Kansas and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications reporting original research in molecular genetics, as well as hundreds of articles in trade papers and articles on medicine and biology aimed at general audiences.
He was involved in over $2.5M of federally and privately funded research, and was the principal investigator on a small business innovative research grant (SBIR) from the National Institutes of Health to Meridian Biosciences, Inc.
In addition to his academic experience, Dr. Morrow has been associated with Meridian Bioscience, Inc., an immunodiagnostics firm located in Cincinnati, for the last 20 years. He was first Principle Investigator on a research project supported by the company, and later as Director of Biological Sciences Research at their Cincinnati facility. In addition to his involvement as a research scientist at Meridian, he has consulted for numerous private companies.
Dr. Morrow serves on the editorial boards of Biopharm International http://www.biopharminternational.com/biopharm.
In 2009 he was awarded a Science Journalism Laureate for excellence in scientific writing from Purdue University. This spring (2016) he joins Point A Consulting (Louisville KY; http://pointaconsulting.com/ABOUT-POINT-A-CONSULTING) as part of a team evaluating an expansion proposal developed by a Southeastern US research institute, consulting and advising the scientific staff on the details of their proposal.
About the Book
Cancer, Autism and Their Epigenetic Roots (McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers)
This book considers the branch of heredity known as “epigenetics” and its implications for a variety of diseases in humans and animals. After background information on the growth in understanding genetics and mechanisms of the epigenetic control of gene expression, the book moves into its main focus:
The gathering body of evidence connecting genetic expression due to environmental risks to a range of significant illnesses, including cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and others.
Scientists have begun to tap into the correlation between environmental pollutants and health issues. More study is needed. The author has written this book to educate the lay public and to highlight the urgent need for more scientific research into this branch of study. In an election year, the author hopes to instill a body of knowledge about the relationship between our environment and our health with the purpose of voters becoming informed and make wise choices for choosing leadership that aligns with goodness, good health and a healthy planet.
The final chapters discuss the implications for society.
For media inquiries and to arrange an interview with John Morrow, Jr., PhD, please contact Diane Dennis, Inspired Media Communications at info(at)inspiredmc(dot)com.