Epigenetics, Our Parents and Our Future
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.