The Ghost in Your Genes

Documentary on epigenetics, my favourite class last semester. This shows research from several different scientists into how your lifestyle affects your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren… They tried to make it sound exciting and groundbreaking and creepy and revolutionary, but I don’t quite see how it can be. The discovery of the mechanism-yes, maybe. Maybe science has been so near-sighted that breaking the genetic code was supposed to be the be-all and end-all (can you say hubris?!). But the concept that your children are affected by what you do to the third and fourth generation? So old it’s Biblical.

A couple of points to take home:

– Eat to USDA standards and avoid stressful situations if you’re pregnant, may become pregnant, or are a teenaged male. Stop laughing.

– Get nutrigenetic testing asap-the future will be way cool.

– Pay attention to the diseases your direct ancestors have and take preventative steps now.

– There is nothing new under the sun.

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