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.
by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) As discussed repeatedly on this blog, epigenetics is a rapidly emerging field of research akin to genetics but with some substantial differences. In addition to the differences in the sciences of genetics and epigenetics—which differences are more a function of the ontological assumptions of each than the actual science—there are significant differences in … Continue reading The Trans-ideological Potential of Epigenetics
by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) Understanding the Impact of Epigenetics podcast Below are links to posts and papers I mention in this podcast about epigenetics and health that I participated in as a panel member hosted by the health and fitness website BreakingMuscle.com: When it Comes to Epigenetics, How Much Fun is Too Much? Comment and Reply Epigenetics By Any Other Name? What … Continue reading “Understanding the Impact of Epigenetics” podcast
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) (Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. I’ve linked to a number of other resources in this post, so check those out as well. When you’re done, leave a comment and let me—and the others who read this post—know what you think. This post is attracting a lot of attention from … Continue reading Gene Sequence but not Structure? The Costs of Excluding Epigenetics from Genomics
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
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?
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
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