Saturday, February 6, 2016

Some interesting articles on genetics, epigenetics, and nature/nurture

NOVA -- Epigenetics
A short video to explain epigenetics

The explosive science of genetics
The Globe and Mail -- MARGARET WENTE

“A good general guess is that genetics explains 50 per cent of the differences in people in terms of personality, vocational interest, depression,”

Gene editing: where medical dreams and ethical nightmares collide
The Globe and Mail -- ANDRÉ PICARD

“CRISPR, which was initially developed to understand how bacteria defend themselves against viruses, has given scientists the ability to delete, tweak or insert genes, even in humans.” -- McGill University News, 01/29/2016

“We found that chronic pain changes the way DNA is marked not only in the brain but also in T cells, a type of white blood cell essential for immunity”

See also Epigenetics in NOVA Science