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    Is Tourette’s syndrome a genetic condition?

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  • Jennifer Grant

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    This is a difficult question to answer, not least because any genes associated with any particular condition may be “switched on” by environmental conditions or remain “switched off”. That is, a person may have a gene associated with Tourettes, but it is never expressed. The field of epigenetics is long way from understanding these complex processes. This website has good quality information about the present state of the science around genetics and Tourettes: http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/tourette-syndrome

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