The Explosive Science of Epigenetics

Genetic scientists have long believed that epigenetic modifications to DNA are not heritable in humans — meaning they can’t be passed from one generation to the next. It was thought that, like a car wash, DNA is rinsed of its accumulated epigenetic detritus as it passes from parents to offspring. But Michael Skinner and some other scientists believe that certain epigenetic adaptations can be passed from one generation to the next, and that the inheritance of these epigenetic changes could help explain the rise in obesity, diabetes, and other heretofore uncommon diseases.

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