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Understanding the Impact of Epigenetics, Ep 9

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Meet our panel of experts:
Kevin Cann - Many of you know Kevin from his writing on Breaking Muscle..
Hayden-William Courtland - Hayden runs a well-known blog called Science for Fitness. 
Shea Robison - Shea runs a website called the Nexus of Epigenetics.

00:43 - Introduction to guests
01:30 - The definition(s) of epigenetics
04:51 - What makes a gene express itself
07:06 - Gene inheritability in the context of politics and policy
08:40 - How the fitness enthusiast can use epigenetics to help him or herself improve
12:50 - Making as many good choices as possible to enhance positive gene expression
14:00 - Nutrition and epigenetics - individuality and food quality
16:18 - Epigenetics versus phenotype within fitness and exercise
21:07 - Caution is required - the limitations of the correlational human studies
23:56 - An example of a specific gene and it's expression - The Agouti gene
27:22 - Research on Huntington's disease
31:05 - Limitations of the research on Huntington's disease
32:33 - Research on Type 2 Diabetes and leptin dysfunction
33:44 - The developmental window -  the Dutch famine and the Överkalix study
37:25 - Epigenetics as a major player - it's not just about genetics
38:22 - Reversal of the effects of previous generations
39:30 - Narratives that come from genetics and epigenetics and which will win out
42:15 - Social responsibility and political implications of epigenetics
43:44 - Difficulty of separating out genetics and epigenetics
45:54 - Fears and concerning aspects of epigenetics
48:55 - Most positive possible outcomes of epigenetics
51:59 - Which aspects require more research
59:22 - Websites and other details

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