For many years geneticists and psychologists have worked in separate labs on factors such as our genetic codes and our experiences that they each thought were affecting our physical and mental health respectively. But it may be that our experiences are affecting our epigenetics which can then get handed down for generations to come, contributing to diseases and behaviors such as cancer and depression. How does all this work? Maria Armoudian explores the science behind epigenetics with Eva Jablonka, Randy Jirtle, and Patrick McCowan.
Eva Jablonka is a Professor of Epigenetics at Tel Aviv University. She is an expert in epigenetic inheritance and is the author of Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life.
Randy Jirtle is a Professor of Epigenetics at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is an expert in epigenetics and is the author of Environmental Epigenomics in Health and Disease: Epigenetics and Disease Origins.
Patrick McCowan is an Associate Professor of Epigenetics at the University of Toronto. He is an expert in neuroscience and epigenetics.
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