Epigenetics as a Bridge Between the Natural and the Social Sciences?

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) As I say in the introductory page of this blog, my interest in epigenetics is both in the science but also in the historical, political and philosophical aspects of epigenetics. However, while the science is already extensively discussed and debated in academic journals and the blogosphere, these other more political and philosophical … Continue reading Epigenetics as a Bridge Between the Natural and the Social Sciences?

Epigenetics Before Epigenetics was Cool?

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) May 30, 2018: This was one of the first blog posts I ever wrote. In the nearly five years since, my views on some aspects have evolved considerably from the positions I express in this post, particularly in regards to the strength of the evidence for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance in humans. These … Continue reading Epigenetics Before Epigenetics was Cool?

Epigenetics in the Media versus Academia

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) In a previous post I looked at the publication rates of articles on epigenetics in Science magazine. I picked Science as a measure of the exposure of the science-informed public to epigenetics. The take-home point from that post is that attention to epigenetics by this segment of the population is increasing at an increasing rate. However, there … Continue reading Epigenetics in the Media versus Academia

The EPA and Epigenetics: Baby Steps or Going Nowhere?

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Epigenetics research in both animal and human studies has identified a number of environmental factors – from maternal behavior to levels of physical exercise to food types and availability to the presence of certain endocrine disrupting chemicals – which can alter epigenetic patterns, sometimes in ways which can be effectively transmitted to … Continue reading The EPA and Epigenetics: Baby Steps or Going Nowhere?

Michael Skinner, Transgenerational Inheritance, and the Smithsonian

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Short video clip of Michael Skinner from the Center for Reproductive Biology  at Washington State University and the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for his work in transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. Michael Skinner Smithsonian Ingenuity Award Sums up the 'threat' to genetics posed by epigenetics. Michael Skinner is also a co-author of the first Research Paper … Continue reading Michael Skinner, Transgenerational Inheritance, and the Smithsonian

Epigenetics in Science magazine

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Consider the number of articles on genetics published by Science over the past fifty years: The number of articles per year was relatively steady through the 1960s and 1970s, climbed steadily through the 1980s, and appears to have peaked in the mid '90s. Although comparing genetics and epigenetics is kind of like apples … Continue reading Epigenetics in Science magazine

Research Paper of the Week: Pesticide Methoxychlor Promotes the Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult-Onset Disease through the Female Germline

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Pesticide Methoxychlor Promotes the Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult-Onset Disease through the Female Germline Policy implications: As this research involves the epigenetic effects of exposure to a very common pesticide and insecticide, there are all sorts of implications for agricultural policies and FDA food safety regulations. These results also address the transgenerational … Continue reading Research Paper of the Week: Pesticide Methoxychlor Promotes the Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult-Onset Disease through the Female Germline

The Epigenetic Evolution of Genetics (and Epigenetics)

by Shea Robison Instead of the evolution of modern genetics and the Modern Synthesis as a progressive process of gradually narrowing in on the one true path of scientific knowledge, the history of genetics suggests that genetics could have developed along any number of alternate pathways, including paths in which epigenetics was accepted in one form … Continue reading The Epigenetic Evolution of Genetics (and Epigenetics)

How is Epigenetics Different from Genetics?

by Shea Robison Epigenetics is an emerging field of research related to, but in many ways distinct from, genetics.  While the basic premises of genetics are widely known and accepted, what is much less well-known is that there are biological processes ‘above’ the genome called collectively the epigenome (from the Greek root epi-, meaning ‘above’ … Continue reading How is Epigenetics Different from Genetics?