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
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) In a previous paper I discuss at length the more immediate practical political implications of epigenetics via its impact on the two dominant causal narratives in obesity policy: the salience of individual responsibility versus the influence of environmental or institutional factors. In particular I detail how epigenetics complicates the alleged opposition of these two narratives by incorporating … Continue reading Epigenetics and Ideology
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) 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
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) 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