October 13


Epigenetic echoes of your mother's diet | Andrew Prentice | TEDxLSHTM

By heheals

October 13, 2020

Sperm meets egg. Now what? Epigeneticist Andrew Prentice searches for the answer to this question every day. In this talk he takes the emerging science of epigenetics and simplifies this seemingly complex subject by explaining the fundamental role that a mother’s diet at conception can have on her child’s long term health outcomes and how this knowledge could lead to ground-breaking interventions to improve the most vulnerable’s health. Find out if you actually are what your mother ate.

Andrew Prentice founded the MRC International Nutrition Group at LSHTM in 1999. Born in Uganda, he studied in East Africa and the UK obtaining a BSc in Biochemistry followed by a PhD in Nutrition from Darwin College, Cambridge. He worked in the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit’s rural field station in Keneba, The Gambia from 1978-83. In 1983 he returned to the MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge to become Head of Human Energy Metabolism where he specialised in studying the regulation of energy balance with a particular focus on obesity. In 1998 he became scientific director of the MRC Keneba fieldstation and of the Nutrition Programme for MRC The Gambia Unit, a role he still maintains.

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  1. Epigenetics has been on my mind for so long and especially now that I carry the gene and expression for Polycystic kidney disease. My mom had a 50% chance of passing it on to her children (my sister and I) and I am the unlucky one to have it. Now, that I am pregnant and have been eating a diet without any animal protein for a couple years and low sodium diet I wonder how that will effect my baby and future kids. Will the continue to express this gene? Can we turn off the gene for my future generations. I hope that the by eliminating or lowering animal proteins does just that. My grandma had it and a couple of my moms sisters and now my cousins have it and bunch of other family members who are failing to acknowledge that they have it too. There’s a reason for this. Why does this particular organ want to act this way? What’s triggering it?

  2. You are wrong sir. All eight cells are not identical. Do you know the single cell principle? Have you heard of mosaicism? Have you analyzed the genomes of over 100,000+ aborted and miscarried fetuses? I have.

  3. The ancients knew a pregnant woman needed to cared for and not aggravated and needed good nutrition. But we are smarter sending them to work and after giving birth, back to work, formula and day care. No wonder our families and children are such a mess. We are civilized.

  4. You should shut down your labs in Africa.
    Study your own family in your own country.
    Study the us tax money used to create AIDS and ebola in America and Africa along with those 1960 gov contracts.

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