More Than Just Science I: The Challenges of Epigenetics to our Traditional Ethics

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Part I: The Declaration of Independence I hope that after reading the title of this post you are quite skeptical and asking yourself ‘What could epigenetics possibly have to do with the Declaration of Independence?’ By the end of this series of posts, though, you will see that the answer to this … Continue reading More Than Just Science I: The Challenges of Epigenetics to our Traditional Ethics

When it Comes to Epigenetics, How Much Fun is Too Much? Comment and Reply

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) This post began as a simple reply to a comment from Alison M to this post about epigenetics and drug discovery, but suddenly bloomed into a full-fledged post of its own. Below is Alison M's original comment in italics for purely aesthetic purposes, followed by my reply (and I think Alison is actually … Continue reading When it Comes to Epigenetics, How Much Fun is Too Much? Comment and Reply

A Busy Couple of Days on The Nexus of Epigenetics

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) 11 AM-ish Three hours later... And three hours after that... And now towards the end of the day: It has been an unbelievable day on this blog. My intention for beginning the Nexus of Epigenetics was to just have my epigenetics-related work posted in an accessible way to help me during job … Continue reading A Busy Couple of Days on The Nexus of Epigenetics

Autism, Ethics and Epigenetics

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) In a recent post I summarize the May 2014 article “Mosaic Epigenetic Dysregulation of Ectodermal Cells in Autism Spectrum Disorder.” This article details the gathering and analysis of genetic data in order to determine whether ASD has genetic or epigenetic causes. One of the causes associated with ASD is advanced maternal age … Continue reading Autism, Ethics and Epigenetics

Mosaic Epigenetic Dysregulation of Ectodermal Cells in Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Mosaic Epigenetic Dysregulation of Ectodermal Cells in Autism Spectrum Disorder Authors: Esther R. Berko, Masako Suzuki, Faygel Beren, et al. Journal: PLosGenetics Publication Date: May 29, 2014 This week’s paper deals with trying to trace the biological causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The authors begin by noting that one of the … Continue reading Mosaic Epigenetic Dysregulation of Ectodermal Cells in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Epigenetics By Any Other Name? What Epigenetics Should and Should Not Be

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) As discussed here and here, epigenetics is rapidly emerging as a prominent focus of study in the natural and life sciences, but has not quite yet made much of an impact on public awareness. (For those unfamiliar with epigenetics, the name comes from the Greek root epi-, meaning ‘above’ or ‘over,’ which … Continue reading Epigenetics By Any Other Name? What Epigenetics Should and Should Not Be

Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics IV: Did Aristotle and Aquinas Discover DNA?

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics II Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics III The next step in the chain of reasoning that produces both the modern self and the genome, and which also helps to explain both the scientific and non-scientific objections to epigenetics, is the elaboration of the soul … Continue reading Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics IV: Did Aristotle and Aquinas Discover DNA?

Epigenetics and Drug Discovery: The Missing Link?

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) (This post was also featured by the genomics-focused multimedia outlet Front Line Genomics on February 4, 2015, available here. Front Line Genomics have also invited me to write a guest piece for their magazine about epigenetics and cancer, so stay tuned for that as well.) In a recent post titled “Phenotype matters!”, Robert Plenge, … Continue reading Epigenetics and Drug Discovery: The Missing Link?

Early Life Nutrition, Epigenetics and Programming of Later Life Disease

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Early Life Nutrition, Epigenetics and Programming of Later Life Disease Author: Mark H. Vickers Journal: Nutrient Publication Date: June 2, 2014 Affiliation: Liggins Institute and Gravida, National Centre for Growth and Development, University of Auckland, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland 1142, New Zealand Policy Implications: This paper is a review of the human and … Continue reading Early Life Nutrition, Epigenetics and Programming of Later Life Disease

Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics III: Genetics and the Rise of Christianity

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics II Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics IV The previous section established the historical foundations of the concept of the autonomous ‘self’ upon which are constructed both modern ethics and contemporary genetics. This section will continue the historical elaboration of this concept, focusing on the … Continue reading Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics III: Genetics and the Rise of Christianity