Our genetic make-up accounts for only about 10 per cent of the diseases we suffer from. Most are due to environmental factors such as the air we breathe and the food we eat.

Across Europe scientists are mapping the effect that our lifetime exposure to certain environmental pollutants has on our bodies and the illnesses we develop.

Anaesthetist Dr Joff Lacey joins researchers and volunteers on London’s busy Oxford Street as they collect data on how air pollution impacts our health.

Dr Lacey meets volunteer Eddie Judd as he undergoes a series of tests including one to measure his lung function, before heading to the laboratory to meet scientists on the European Commission-funded Exposomics project.

 

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