by Matthew Cobb
We’ve discussed epigenetics and the occasionally (generally?) overblown claims about it a number of times (most recently here). BBC Radio 4 obviously loves it, as after their ‘A revolution in evolution’ programme back in July (which we discussed on WEIT), the third episode in a new series on human development and how early experience affects later health (‘The First 1000 Days: A Legacy for Life’), looks at epigenetics.
I haven’t heard this, but looking at the blurb on the BBC website, it seems to be eminently sensible. After all, the genome is NOT a blueprint. It’s more like a recipe (but it isn’t that, either!) – if you change the ingredients (or in the case of a soufflé, the utensils), you change the outcome. Anyone, anywhere in the world can listen to the programme here. Post your comments below.