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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