The Epigenetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) comprises of a range of neurodevelopmental disorders characterised by social/communication deficits as well as repetitive/restrictive interests or behaviours. Currently, the exact causes of ASD symptomology is far from being understood. This is, in part, due to the complex and multifactorial nature of the disorder. Despite such complexities significant progress to understanding the … Continue reading The Epigenetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

DNA Methylation Influences Continuous Variation in Ant Worker Size

Scientists have thought that differences in traits that exist along a continuum like skin color, height, intelligence, ability to gain weight, and risk for developing diseases were due to genetic and environmental factors. The connection between these two factors and how they interact together, however, has long been uncertain. Researchers from McGill University have conducted … Continue reading DNA Methylation Influences Continuous Variation in Ant Worker Size

Moms Exposed to Lead May Impact DNA Methylation of Her Children and Grandchildren

Evidence supporting multigenerational epigenetic inheritance continues to mount as a group of researchers discover that mothers who have a significant amount of lead present in their blood can epigenetically impact not only their unborn children, but their grandchildren as well. The study was published in Scientific Reports. It is well known that children in the womb … Continue reading Moms Exposed to Lead May Impact DNA Methylation of Her Children and Grandchildren

Air Pollution Found to Alter Important Epigenetic Mark

Air pollution is not only a significant threat to our environment, but also to our health. Ranging from vehicles to industrial facilities, common sources of air pollution are all around us. These pollutants are linked to serious health issues, such as respiratory disease, impaired lung function, asthma, cancer, chronic bronchitis, and increased morbidity. According to … Continue reading Air Pollution Found to Alter Important Epigenetic Mark

Viktor Schauberger – Comprehend and Copy Nature

The first film about Viktor Schauberger’s life’s work. A comprehensive survey of historical facts, current research and various practical applications into both technology and the natural world. Today the Austrian forester Viktor Schauberger is considered to be a pioneer of modern water research and the holistic observation of Nature. As early as the first half … Continue reading Viktor Schauberger – Comprehend and Copy Nature

Air Pollution Could Alter Tags on DNA and Increase Risk for Neurodegenerative Disease

Not only is air pollution a major environmental concern, but it poses major health issues. New research suggests that inhaling extremely small particles known as fine particulate matter could add epigenetic marks to DNA. This may potentially lead to stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive impairments and neurodevelopmental disorders. We’re certainly learning more about how … Continue reading Air Pollution Could Alter Tags on DNA and Increase Risk for Neurodegenerative Disease

Epigenetic Changes Result from Breathing in Diesel Exhaust

New research exposes the epigenetic changes and harmful consequences that can occur as a result of exposure to diesel exhaust fumes. Researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health have found that breathing in diesel exhaust fumes can lead to changes in DNA methylation levels, switching on and off certain genes. Diesel exhaust is … Continue reading Epigenetic Changes Result from Breathing in Diesel Exhaust

Pregnant Moms’ Exposure to Pollution May Epigenetically Increase Child’s Asthma Susceptibility

Exposure to environmental pollution, such as diesel exhaust or concentrated urban air particles, during pregnancy could increase a child’s risk of developing asthma via epigenetic mechanisms. Recent research in the Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology suggests that this allergic susceptibility might even be epigenetically passed down for several generations. Asthma forms as a result … Continue reading Pregnant Moms’ Exposure to Pollution May Epigenetically Increase Child’s Asthma Susceptibility

B Vitamins Protect Against Harmful Epigenetic Effects of Air Pollution

Air pollution has a negative impact on our health and can also adjust important chemical tags on our DNA. Aside from taking steps to reduce pollution in our communities, a new study suggests that we can take B vitamins to combat the harmful effects on our bodies. Particulate matter with a diameter less than 2.5 … Continue reading B Vitamins Protect Against Harmful Epigenetic Effects of Air Pollution

Natural Compound in Cypress Trees Might Epigenetically Protect Against Cancer

A chemical in an essential oil extracted from tree bark might actually reduce cancer growth. Researchers are finding that hinokitiol, a compound found in some cypress trees, not only has anti-infective and anti-oxidative properties, but it might also impact the epigenetic tags on top of DNA and reactivate genes that fight against tumor growth. The epigenetic … Continue reading Natural Compound in Cypress Trees Might Epigenetically Protect Against Cancer