Epigenetics: From the Lab to the Law?

Although these kinds of bioethical issues have already been raised in the context of genetic sequence data, the presumptively fixed and immutable nature of gene sequences shields the disclosure of genetic data from some of the thornier implications of epigenetics.

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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?

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