Does epigenetics challenge contemporary political ideologies? This small study may serve as a starting point for broader studies of epigenetics as it comes to affect political ideologies and, in turn, public policies. The narrative mix reported here could yet prove vulnerable to ideological capture, or, more optimistically, could portend the emergence of a "third-way" narrative using epigenetics to question atomistic individualism and allowing for less divisiveness in public-health domains such as obesity.
Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Politics (April 2018). Read excerpts here. "This book comprehensively considers the political implications of the emerging science of epigenetics in specific policy domains, addressing the intersections of epigenetics with cancer, obesity, the environment, and the law. Author Shea Robison carefully navigates the messy history of genetics … Continue reading Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Politics
If there are so many science-based reasons for the inclusion of epigenetics within genetics, why has it been so maligned for so long? A plausible answer is that there are even stronger non-scientific reasons for this exclusion of epigenetics, and my working theory in this post is that these non-scientific reasons are a function of key differences in the ‘hidden’ ethical commitments of epigenetics and conventional genetics.
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
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?
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
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
by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Ben Laufer, an epigeneticist specializing in the effects of fetal alcohol exposure, recently left a comment to a recent post I wrote on the costs of excluding considerations of epigenetics when sequencing genomes for diagnostic and predictive purposes. One main point of this original post is that not only is gene sequence important … Continue reading Ben Laufer and His Comments on “Gene Sequence but not Structure?”
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?
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