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Is epigenetics becoming a part of normal science?

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You’d think so, to read this at a special issue in Science:

The molecular legacy extends beyond gene transfer to include mitochondria and epigenetics (Lane et al., p. 756). Finally, the gestation and birthing processes also shape offspring, and preterm birth is now a focus of research (Romero et al., p. 760).

Late breaking: This is all further to “Dawkins selfish gene” is on life support somewhere and it seems no one can be bothered finding out where.

Most genes, it turns out, are not so much selfish as too willing to hang out with the wrong crowd and learn bad habits.

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This can have its share of philosophical implications. The fact that negative emotions activate or deactivate certain genetic mechanisms that can harm your health, and things like loving and kind actions have the opposite effect. I'd say this can speak to our telos as humans. Yarrgonaut
OT: podcast-Dr. Jonathan Wells: How Much of the Human Genome is Functional? http://intelligentdesign.podomatic.com/entry/2014-08-18T15_09_44-07_00 Dr. Wells explains the concept of "junk DNA," and why there is such a stark disagreement between those who say our genome is at least 80% functional, and those who say it's only 8.2%--and how we can know who to listen to. bornagain77

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