Grandparents are more than loving Influences on your Children



Epigenetics (Photo credit: AJC1)

Kids Health says epigenetics from our parents and our grandparents can influence your child’s health. Epigenetics is passed along in the egg and sperm along with genetics. It carries the working software for the next generation. This enables us to learn from past generations. Epigenetics can also be changed in real-time by altering our environment. This allows us to adapt in real-time to changing conditions. The problem with modern life is it can trigger environmental changes that affect our health and well-being.

We need more investments in Epigenetics


Figure I. Tissue stain (immunohistochemistry) ...

Figure I. Tissue stain (immunohistochemistry) for the PTEN tumor suppressor gene showing loss of the PTEN protein in the round and tubular glands which are clustered tightly within an EIN lesion. Brown color indicates the PTEN protein is present. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Environmental Health Prospectives (EHP) says epigenetics is in forefront of research today. Epigenetics is not easy because it manifests itself through many mechanisms. It can turn genes ON or OFF. What the gene does determines the significance of activating or deactivating it. For example turning a cancer gene on is a bad thing but turning a tumor suppressor gene on is a good thing. One problem is investment in this critical area is relatively small. Hugh profits can be made with the correct investments in this relatively new field. Biology has never had such an important area of study.