The once quiet field of epigenetics is now making big waves in the biological sciences. Laboratories across the world are filling up with researchers studying the human epi-genome. It literally means above the genome. On the program, producer Sheri Quinn explores this paradigm shift in biology with German scientist Wolf Riek, recognized as a world leader in the field of epi-genetics.
He is known for discovering what is called epi-genomic reprogramming and for shedding light on the idea that the environment can sculpt our heritable traits without changing the structure of our DNA.