Is DNA A Written Record Of Our Learned Experiences? A New Study Published In “Nature Neuroscience” Suggests Just That

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Former Stanford Geneticist Dr. Bruce Lipton was the first person to express the idea of epigenetics’ to me.   Epigenetics’ is the study of how environmental factors outside of DNA influence changes in gene expression, stem cells and even DNA.  It states these that these fundamental parts of the body can be altered through a variety of stimuli including magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention.

Many people believe that the genes we are born with are the genes that we die with.  Put another way, we are at the mercy of our DNA as to how our life will end up.  I don’t believe that.  Over the past several years I have started to believe that we are constantly rewriting our DNA from moment to moment, and the genes that we pass on to our children or express at the end of our life are very different then those that we were born with.

In an interview with SuperConsciousness magazine Dr. Lipton put it this way:

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… the fundamental belief called genetic determinism literally means that our lives, which are defined as our physical, physiological and emotional behavioral traits, are controlled by the genetic code. This kind of belief system provides a visual picture of people being victims: If the genes control our life function, then our lives are being controlled by things outside of our ability to change them. This leads to victimization that the illnesses and diseases that run in families are propagated through the passing of genes associated with those attributes. Laboratory evidence shows this is not true.
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Building further upon Dr. Lipton’s work, yesterday I ran across an article that confirms Dr. Lipton’s theory published a few months back by The Telegraph in the UK.   The article titled ” Phobias may be memories passed down in genes form our ancestors” states:

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Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop.

Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience.

However, new research has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA.

Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, found that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations.

The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors.

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Irrational phobias being things like a fear of spiders, or fear of taking a bath.  If it is the case that we can pass phobias on to our descendants, I would suggest that it is also possible to pass on traits that we absolutely love also.  Applying this hypothesis to epigenetics’ it is suggested that we can erase out the trauma written in our DNA and replace it with genes that serve us.

If that’s the case then it gives us all a direct responsibility to do things we love and that make us Feel Super and joyous everyday!  By doing so we can improve the lives of our offspring directly and the lives of many others indirectly by leaving a bright light behind when we go instead of a scared shadow.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

References for this article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10486479/Phobias-may-be-memories-passed-down-in-genes-from-ancestors.html

http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v17/n1/full/nn.3594.html

http://www.superconsciousness.com/topics/science/interview-dr-bruce-lipton

https://www.brucelipton.com/about