View Full Version : Epigenetics between generations: Researchers prove we inherit more than just genes.

07-14-2017, 11:22 AM
Did your grandfather change who you are? Epigenetics says he may have given you more than your good looks.


07-14-2017, 05:23 PM
^ Very interesting!

07-15-2017, 12:26 PM
The mid-90's to mid-00's was arguably the Genomic Era - We have entered the Epigenomic one now. The relative inactivity of this forum's subsection reflects the clear inference that it isn't in the mainstream's collective conscience just yet.

Since the early 10's, there's been a flurry of research into epigenetic changes between and within populations. We have clear evidence, for instance, that population-wide hardship exerts a deleterious effect in the descendants. An example of this is accelerated methylation in Palestinian Arabs relative to their Jewish neighbours (https://clinicalepigeneticsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13148-015-0069-1) in a genomic region that appears to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes (warning to readers on this topic: no political tangents please, this is an example to furnish the point only!).

Epigenetics is effectively the main source of the "gene-environment interaction" concept that was invoked with regularity over a decade ago. It represents the blurry boundary between nature and nurture. As such, epigenetics directly threatens various dogma (e.g. absolute biological or social determinism) which operate within that dichotomous framework.

07-31-2017, 06:38 PM
This is going to be the hot spot in the next 2 years