Hank & his clone Circus Hank explain the power of epigenetics, which studies the factors that determine how much or whether some genes are expressed in your body.
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Epigenetics: the study that everything that grows has humble beginnings.
Your life is made of the decisions you make; what you've yet to do or doing right now determine your success, however success isn't guaranteed.
8:30, yes it's incredibly bigoted and ridiculous to suspect that more intelligent people might somehow be more successful at acquiring and keeping resources and therefore produce stratification along lines of intelligence. But intelligence testing is valid, IQ is vastly more influenced by genes than anything else, and genes are obviously heritable so...? The truth is bigoted I guess?
*Epigenetics* has enormous potential in completely preventing genetic diseases (including some cancers) from passing through to the next generation, making it incredibly important to every one of the billions of people alive today.
There's also the ethically murkier use of Epigenetics to "improve" the human species (according to concepts discussed by Transhumanists). Ideas like: extending lifespan, delaying senescence, even augmenting intellect, which (with technologies like CRISPR Cas9) may actually be achieveable during current human lifetimes.
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On a related note, one of the greatest evolutionary biologists that predated Darwin was *Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet, Chevalier de Lamarck* . Given the new evidence that we're learning about Epigenetics, I think that you should definitely devote a future episode (or even series) on his theories, commonly called *Lamarkism* , as many biologists are revisiting aspects of his ideas that were thought to have been made obsolete by Darwin's theory of evolution through natural selection.
Nobody, but nobody seem to expalin this: If a gene is turned off, what the hell is expressed in it's place? If i have, let's say, a mutated finger, and i cover that gene up, there would be no finger expressed? What would it be insead of that mutation? It can't be nothing, please, explain this to me, i would apreciate it very much!
Hello! Our last conversation left me think about this: if a gene is bad, in the perspective of epigenetics, what exactly makes the helicase go and read the "backup" copy in another part of the genome? How does it know that a speciffic gene is the right one if it's not in the range? Thank you!
Did the movie Trading Places with Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy come into anyones mind? While the changes in the subjects were greatly accelerated, the more I watched Hanks video the more I thought that movie applied.
So essentially, what we thought was simply observing our parents making poor choices that determines bad behavior, is actually a Darwinian type of genetic passing from parent to child? But it can change based on a child’s own personal life experiences...
You seem to have forgotten that it's the person who's alive that has majority control over the expression of their epigenetic info, not the person that's dead. You're leaving out a huge part of the field and leading these people to believe they're still victims, when in reality you couldn't be any further from the truth.
It's people's environment/their perceptions that affect their epigenetic expression predominately, not their parents'/ancestor's experiences, those snippets of information serve as a baseline of operation, not as the end-all-be-all.
You're treating epigenetics like they're genetics AKA inherited "actions and reactions" from one's parents, and that's completely wrong. Do yourself a favor and stop spreading misinformation.
If you look up “Smart Little Lena Clones” you can see what this is in real life. The AQHA stallion Smart Little Lena was cloned and his clones are not exactly like the original. Even their markings vary.
The sad reality of epigenetics is that we are completely, now, genetically inferior to the superhumans that once lived in Africa, specifically prior to agriculture. We'll never, without the help of nanotechnology and stuff, be as athletic and homeostatic as they probably were (aside from maybe disease factors, but not chronic or stress related disease). We've blown it, at least in the 'developed world'. The happy reality, though, is that we can understand epigenetics and use it to give future generations and perhaps ourselves this generation a better shot at homeostasis, health and happiness by altering our behaviours and environment to make ourselves as happy, healthy and homeostatic as possible, and try to work back up to a genetically better-off human race.
Glad I found this, Apabetalone is an epigenetic drug that is in a phase III trial right now, FDA and EMA approved....the trial is attempting to prove that Apabetalone, aka RVX-208, that it can substantially reduce the risk of a Major Adverse Cardiac Event like stroke or heart attack, in patients with Diabetes Mellitus, and there's a couple subset populations for Chronic Kidney Disease and Alzheimers.
Exciting stuff.....using epigenetics to regulate dna from disease to non-diseased states....hope it works, results due out at the end of the year.
Epigenetics does not bypass the hereditarian theory of intelligence. On the contrary, epigenetics entrenches hereditarian theory. That's because epigenetics is 100% all about genetics. The most you can do with epigenetic ideas is hope that the genetic expressions for stupidity are temporary.
Great video, very interesting. Just to add, I worked in 2 traveling circuses over 6 years. The people there generally work very hard and have to be very fit. They also eat well, and definitely don't have facial tattoos. I found it a very positive and creative environment. I get the point you were making, but the stereotype of circus people isn't true on the whole. I only mention this because they do suffer prejudice based on these stereotypes.
I had (possibly) a great great grandfather who liked tobogganing and did it professionally. I grew up not knowing about him and I loved watching tobogganing on the TV. I think I inherited his wish for the adrenaline rush. Anyway, garlic, turmeric and apple cider vinegar, that's all you need, don;t smoke, don;t drink, exercise, walk, oxygen (according to Paul Davies Physics of Cancer) cancer hates oxygen. oh and watch some Brett Rogers videos. You're welcome. Good vid.
Identical twins have many interesting. You would be surprised. If you separated the twins for 50 years you might find they have similar passwords and hobbies and look very similar. They think very similarly.
there is no law that says we have to have two different color genes we can fix/cure inherited traits Stop the hate science only cares about inherited traits, the cure exist dominant and recessive traits, Rise Against said it was "the good left undone" there is a lot of good in everyone, so don't be blinded by there color just hang out and love one another
I love these videos. I'm a substance abuse counselor and psychotherapist - I show your videos all the time to my client groups to explain complex issues linked to mental health and substance use issues.
Thank you for making these videos.
I wonder after half a lifetime with a genetic disorder where my insulin receptors do not function. If my insulin receptors were suddenly turned on what would happen to me? They kept telling me in 5 years did be able to fix it well I think we're at a point now where it may be able to be fixed but my original team doesn't want anything to do with me because I mentioned money once! They made a lot of money off me and all I asked for was my travel expenses from Maine to Boston and back and my doctor up here at the time and said they would give me that but they never did. It doesn't matter now that was in the 90s and they should be speaking to me now or at least my Dr.
This lends credence to the idea that people are largely a product of their environment.
It also kind of has some horrible implications for people that grow up in abusive situations. And all the children growing up in war zones. What kind of epigenetic changes would occur in populations who have multiple generations suffering through similarly extreme situations of stress?
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