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Epigenetics Around the Web: ‘Born Anxious’? Early life trauma likely doesn’t affect health throughout your life
May 15, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: A new book hyped by several sites is likely based on pseudoscience, which underscores why physicians need to be more careful when discussing epigenetics. Plus, see what’s trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. That’s right, you heard me correctly… you can alter your gene expression and it’s modifiable… and that, my friends, are what epigenetics refers to. --Julie Chen, MD Another physician whiffs at explaining epigenetics When it…
Epigenetics Around the Web: Marie Claire’s missteps on probiotics and the microbiome; Dad’s role in fetal health
May 08, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: Marie Claire's missteps on science, journalism and advertising; overhyping the relationship between health dad's and healthy children. Plus, see what’s trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. Like Febreze for your body, Mother Dirt's AO + Mist is a live probiotic spray that restores essential bacteria to our microbiomes. Roxanne Adamiyatt in Marie Claire Marie Claire's missteps on science, journalism and advertising International women's magazine Marie Claire ran an article…
Epigenetics Around the Web: IFL Science doesn’t f****** understand how humans ‘inherit’ modifications
May 01, 2017 • Nicholas Staropoli
This week’s features: Popular science site IFL Science whiffs at covering a major study, and can we please stop talking about the 'space twins?' Plus, see what’s trending on the Epigenetics Literacy Project. In Assassin’s Creed, the video game series-turned-movie, the protagonist is able to “remember” the memories of his long-dead ancestors through a special machine named the Animus. Although this is not actually possible, sadly, the idea that we “experience” what…
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…