Category: . Epigenetic effect

Low Fiber Diet and Extinction ?

We review the recent study ” Diet-induced extinctions in the gut microbiota compound over generations ” . Even though extinction is a fairly dramatic term, I am not so certain it is an inappropriate statement. Scientist here allude to that there is a possibility we are altering our […]

Some genes ‘foreign’ in origin and not from our ancestors

Public Release: 12-Mar-2015 Many animals, including humans, acquired essential ‘foreign’ genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according to research published in the open-access journal Genome Biology BioMed Central Many animals, including humans, acquired essential ‘foreign’ genes from microorganisms co-habiting their environment in ancient times, according […]

Do viruses make us smarter? 

Public Release: 12-Jan-2015 A new study from Lund University in Sweden indicates that inherited viruses that are millions of years old play an important role in building up the complex networks that characterise the human brain. Researchers have long been aware that endogenous retroviruses constitute around five per […]

The epigenetics of increasing weight through the generations ” resulting in amplification of obesity across generations “

Re-Post from 2008 Contact: Dipali Pathak pathak@bcm.edu 713-798-4710 Baylor College of Medicine Overweight mothers give birth to offspring who become even heavier, resulting in amplification of obesity across generations, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in Houston who found that chemical changes in the ways genes are expressed […]

Big Tobacco knew radioactive particles in cigarettes posed cancer risk but kept quiet

Public release date: 28-Sep-2011 -Requested Repost Contact: Kim Irwin kirwin@mednet.ucla.edu 310-206-2805 University of California – Los Angeles Health Sciences Tobacco companies knew that cigarette smoke contained radioactive alpha particles for more than four decades and developed “deep and intimate” knowledge of these particles’ cancer-causing potential, but they deliberately […]