How Our Genes Change Our Lives—and Our Lives Change Our Genes

Monday, April 14, 2014

The human genome is far more fluid and fascinating than your ninth grade biology text book revealed. Dr. Sharon Moalem looks at what rare genetic conditions can teach us all about our own health and well-being. His book Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives—and Our Lives Change Our Genes is a wide-ranging and entertaining interdisciplinary approach to science and medicine-- explaining how art, history, superheroes, sex workers, and sports stars all help us understand the impact of our lives on our genes, and our genes on our lives.


Sharon Moalem

Comments [5]

margaret mackey from new york, NY 10003

I facilitate an Essential Tremor Support Group at Beth Israel Medical Center. Our guest speaker on April 3, Brian Kopell, MD, presented a detailed lecture on Epigenetics from an Integrative Approach. Practical. We will continue to compare notes amongst our selves about this focus on our Movement Disorder.

Apr. 15 2014 10:17 AM
Eric from New Jersey

The fact that gene activation due to trauma can be passed down from a parent to a child is both fascinating, and to some degree quite disturbing.

Whether fairly or unfairly, it definitely makes me re-evaluate some people I know.

Apr. 14 2014 12:32 PM
Molly from Molly in Manhattan

Like the baby mouse who is separated from its mother for an hour a day and develops PTSD that then passes on to subsequent generations, my second child was hospitalized for RSV at 4 weeks old and necessarily separated from me (her mom) multiple times a day. Is my child and our future lineage now genetically predisposed to anxiety disorder? Still seems difficult to correlate. Seems that cancer genes would be easier to pinpoint than something like my baby's situation. However, if correlation is proven, what can be done to turn off this newly evolved "anxiety gene" in my baby and our family?

Apr. 14 2014 12:30 PM
Christine Sotmary from New York

Is there anything you have learned about how genes get turned on and off and the workings of acupuncture? For a long time I have thought I was affecting genes with my treatments based on the results I get with my clients.

Apr. 14 2014 12:28 PM
SL from NY

The guest actually says that tormenting mice will lead to revaluations about human psyches and genetics. Or maybe he's a spokesperson for researchers in general....desperate for research dollars, these people will say and do anything. This is the year 2014, isn't it?

Apr. 14 2014 12:15 PM

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