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Epigenetics Around the Web: Avoid Craigslist for epigenetics advice; Engineering superhumans
March 27, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: Why you shouldn't turn to Craigslist for medical advice and Futurism bumbles epigenetics in a story about superheroes. Plus, see what's trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. Scientists believe that epigenetics can be altered to identify traits that may enhance strength, stamina, and a host [of] other physical abilities that we would normally associate with a superhero. -- Neil C. Bhavsar Craigslist: A hub of epigenetics medicine? Are you stressed?…
Epigenetics Around the Web: Spinach, turnips likely won’t protect you from air pollution, and more
March 20, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: BBC's poor decision to cover study claiming vitamin B protects against air pollution and experts join ELP in criticizing 'precision insurance.' I would doubt whether it gives a prediction of life expectancy … that is by itself accurate to any useful extent. -- John Greally, director of the Center for Epigenomics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine Vitamin B protects against air pollution? How can we minimize…
Epigenetics Around the Web: Oprah’s magazine bungles ‘inherited anxiety’; Insurance company examines methylation
March 06, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: Writer for Oprah Magazine falls for classic epigenetics pitfalls; life insurance company is using methylation data to shape policy details; new book tackles the question, "What is epigenetics?" When it comes to communicating epigenetics, everything falls into two categories. It's either cartoonish and lacks any depth or it's overly complex so that only an expert in the field could understand and appreciate it. No one is quite hitting that…
Epigenetics Around the Web: Dolly the sheep and aging. Epigenetics is not genetics. Obstacles to gene editing.
February 27, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features include: a clinic that doesn't know the difference between epigenetics and genetics; lessons about aging from Dolly the sheep; and does epigenetics interfere with gene editing? We have epigenetic coaches that work with clients and read their genetic data, looking at 500 genetic variations and working with sleep, stress, nutrition, exercise and human movement. Daniel Stickler of the Apeiron Center for Human Potential Epigenetics is not genetics…
Epigenetics Around the Web: Engineering better humans? Fearmongering in Canada? Fake autism treatments?
February 17, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features include: Epigenetically modified humans; epigenetics is not appropriate for safety assessments; and a sham treatment for autism that may make it worse. "Right now this is not an airplane we can fly. It’s an airplane that’s still in the drawing stage." --Ivan Rusyn, toxicologist at Texas A&M University Engineering better humans In the movie Limitless, Bradley Cooper's character becomes super-human by taking a pill that improves his brain's…