September 19


Ancestral ghosts in your genome | Michael Skinner | TEDxRainier

By heheals

September 19, 2020

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. This fascinating and consequential talk shares research that is changing and expanding what we know about genomics to include the factors that are collectively known as epigenetics. These factors show a form of biological inheritance that is new to our theories of evolution and is shifting the understanding of how our environments influence the genes of future generations.

Michael Skinner’s research has demonstrated that environmental toxicants promote epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult onset diseases. This non-genetic form of inheritance has a role in disease etiology and areas such as evolution. Skinner established the Washington State University and University of Idaho Center for Reproductive Biology (CRB), one of the world’s largest reproductive sciences research centers. Dr. Skinner also established and was the founding Director of the Center for Integrated Biotechnology (CIB). His research has been highlighted in BBC, Smithsonian, and PBS documentaries.

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  1. No one ever denied that Evolution is driven by interaction with the Environment. The very essence of Adaptation is the interaction of the organism with it's environment. So, of course, environmental factors have a direct influence upon the activity, or inactivity, of genes.

  2. Freedom from crippling diseases is the most important issue facing modern science. We have developed new forms of technology which have allowed us to explore the Universe, and understand how life systems work. Yet, the human condition is one still plagued by rampant disease. Micro technology must be, and is, being fully integrated into human biology. Today we may wear technology. Tomorrow, our technology, and our biology will become fully merged. Humankind has achieved amazing feats with technology, but we have made little progress in shielding the human body from hundreds of dreadful diseases. The Human body is highly flawed, and vulnerable to infection by hundreds of parasites, and other afflictions. Protecting, and enhancing human health and stamina are vital fields of research. No task facing science can be given higher priority! This technology must needs also include AI. There is no need to fear that computers will "take over", because this new science will be fully integrated into the human body and nervous system.

  3. It is well known that environmental factors play a dominant role in the expression of some genes which explains the differences. In biology it is well known that the phenotype (what is expressed) is an interaction with the genotype (genetic) and environmental factors. The kind of response a set of genes express could ofcourse be again a genetic factor.

  4. This has been well known to ancient vedic scholars……. And pregnant women were removed from society and looked after. This ancient wisdom, now called the ideas of primitive people, suddenly affirmed by science…… Makes you wonder what else they are still to 'find'

  5. That's great information, it's a pity though that the 'powers' that be really don't want people to live longer, unless of course expensive drugs can be 'provided' for them throughout their lifetime.

  6. My family was raised in the Florida Everglades and the planes would start spraying DDT before they got to my house to spray the fields behind us! I'm 74 and many of my classmates have died of cancers and other odd diseases! I'm the oldest and so far so good BUT my middle sister has a blood cancer that produces too many red blood cells! She also has had 3 different kinds of skin cancers removed! My youngest sister has a rare blood disease that is like hemophilia! Her bones are deteriorating and she is going blind! And she had a skin cancer removed!! What is it going to take for people to get it! The poison we're spraying on our crops is going into our stomachs. Into every cell of our bodies! Think about that the next time you sit down to dinner with the people you love!!

  7. Dr. Bruce Lipton has some great info on Epigenetics.

    Over 30 years ago Dr Lipton was doing stem cell research. He also taught at Medical School. He realized that what they were teaching was wrong.

  8. Wow such an informative ton of information, made so thorough and understandable !! Amazing how he laid that out in such an interesting way to make us absorb a really complex subject 15 minutes and almost worth half a year in school !! Great layout for understanding. Such an easygoing guy. I was very interested and thought I'd never get this, but he really made it all make sense to us. Really great talk. Loved it!!

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