Ben Laufer and His Comments on “Gene Sequence but not Structure?”

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?”

Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) As first discussed in this previous post, Dr. Randy Jirtle makes the provocative assertion that epigenetics presents a unique possibility for unifying the life sciences. Jirtle then suggests that epigenetics also provides a bridge between the social and the life sciences. I believe that the epigenetics presents another possibility for unification in still yet another domain: … Continue reading Epigenetics and Environmental Ethics I

Epigenetics as a Bridge Between the Natural and the Social Sciences?

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?