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Human Epigenetic Programming starts prior to birth and goes long beyond death – According to a study documented in Epigenie stem cells also use epigenetics to activate and deactivate genes. It was previously thought that all human stem cells were alike. This study shows they have differing methylation causing epigenetic changes within the cell. These changes turn ON/OFF different genes in the stem cell. We appear to be epigenetically programmed from the sperm and egg, through stem cells, to birth, through our lives and beyond as our sperm or eggs become the next generation. This programming has been passed down through the generations to us and we will pass it on to all off our descendents. Each generation can modify the copy they got from their parents and pass a modified version on to their offspring. Not only does genetics seem to live forever but so does the epigenetic programming of our genetics.