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Epigenetics Around the Web: Baby sea turtles crawl to the sea, dolphins innately know how to swim–How did instincts evolve?
April 24, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: A researcher's decision to broadcast his controversial hypothesis about the evolution of instincts is irresponsible, and a study throws cold water on the idea of inherited trauma. Plus, see what’s trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. If epigenetics can mediate a transgenerational inheritance of behavioral biases (either behaviorally mediated or by direct molecular actions), this would provide a mechanism for the rapid transformation of learned behavior to an…
Epigenetics Around the Web: Epigenetics and health in 2030, botched vitamin B cure, and more
April 17, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: Vitamin B still won't protect you from air pollution and epigenetics in the city of 2030. Plus, see what’s trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. With the rise of the wearable fitness trackers and the amount of data we all capture and share relating to our behavior, activity and mood, it’s reasonable to suggest that healthcare providers in smart cities will soon plug into epigenetics. --Adrian Bridgwater Epigenetics…
Epigenetics Around the Web: No, income inequality does not cause epigenetic changes, botching Lamarck, and more
April 11, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: A psychology professor claims that income inequality is causing epigenetic changes and a Huffington Post article on climate change and wine grapes muddles the science of evolution. Plus, see what’s trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. The risk is magnified in light of very recent research showing that high levels of stress experienced by expectant mothers or by babies can make fundamental biological changes in infancy -- through…
Epigenetics Around the Web: No Dr. Sarah Gottfried, we can’t control genes with lifestyle tweaks, and more
April 03, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: An MD is pushing pseudoscience to sell her new book, and a word of caution about epigenetics in medicine. Plus, see what’s trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. When I went through my medical training 25 years ago, I was taught that your genes are your destiny. It turns out that you're stuck with the genes you have, but you can change the way your genes are expressed…
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?…