Do Your Grandmother's Experiences Really Make It Into Your Genes?
Epigenetics is a hot field right now, and while many recent findings aren't nearly as revolutionary as its practitioners believe, we have seen some provocative study results that are hard to dismiss.
The Social Life of Genes: Shaping Your Molecular Composition
Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don't just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells. Inside the new social science of genetics.
Safe Planet Campaign Uses the Arts to Explain Chemical Threat
The U.N. enlists the arts to bring home the arcane but vital necessity of reducing the phalanx of chemicals saturating our bodies.
More Evidence Linking Pesticides and Malformations
Additional studies suggest that common pesticides may be endocrine disruptors, bad news that nonetheless warms the heart of one citizen scientist.
Seeking Culprits for Montana's Falling Deer Harvest
Judy Hoy's lonely crusade to determine if farm chemicals are deforming deer boosted by falling populations
Questions Surrounding Epigenetics Study Vexes Scientists, Regulators
Only more and better data will settle a dispute about the possibility that environmental pollution can cause inheritable disease.
Scientists Say They Can't Replicate Pioneering Epigenetic Results
The murky waters of the debate over chemical exposures and health just got murkier. And a bit nastier.
Environment Becomes Heredity
Advances in the field of epigenetics show that environmental contaminants can turn genes "on" and "off" triggering serious diseases that are handed down through generations. But there's also a more heartening prospect: The same diseases may be treated by relatively simple changes in nourishment and lifestyle.