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November 04, 2005

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Ingrid

Wonderful story Madhu, as a reader its like being there with you taking in all the sights, sounds, scents and tastes. The last few lines remind me of an awesome documentary I saw on BBC TV last night about epigenetics and two scientists who believe our genes are shaped in part by our ancestors' life experiences. Here is an excerpt from a write-up on the documentary:

Biology stands on the brink of a shift in the understanding of inheritance. The discovery of epigenetics – hidden influences upon the genes – could affect every aspect of our lives.

At the heart of this new field is a simple but contentious idea – that genes have a 'memory'. That the lives of your grandparents – the air they breathed, the food they ate, even the things they saw – can directly affect you, decades later, despite your never experiencing these things yourself. And that what you do in your lifetime could in turn affect your grandchildren.

Read more at:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/ghostgenes.shtml

MD

Ingrid, thanks. That link is fascinating!

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