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Epigenetics – Thoughts can be expressed by genes and becomes things

posted on 8/17/2018 Facebook Facebook

The study of change in gene expression independent of alteration in gene sequence is called epigenetics.  After the term epigenetics was introduced researchers, physicians, and others poked around in the dark crevices of the gene, trying to untangle the clues that suggested gene function could be altered by more than just changes in sequence. Today, a wide variety of illnesses, behaviors, and other health indicators already have some level of evidence linking them with epigenetic mechanisms. Different types of epigenetic changes identified so far are methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation and ubiquitylation, and sumolyation.

Science of epigenetics is a work under progress after nearly of decade of extensive research and evidential back up. One effect of such processes is imprinting. In genetics, imprinting describes the condition where one of the two alleles of a typical gene pair is silenced by an epigenetic process such as methylation or acetylation. Epigenetic processes are natural and essential to many organism functions, but if they occur improperly, there can be major adverse health and behavioral effects. Many epigenetic modifications, in fact, are spontaneously “erased” or “reset” when cells reproduce (whether by meiosis or mitosis), thereby precluding their inheritance.

Epigenetics does not change the sequence of gene but the reading frame. So when you change your emotions you can change the expression of your genes – turning some on and others off, because they are sending new chemical signals to your genes that instructs DNA to make different proteins that may change function of body. Perfectly cancer genes can lead to cancer or death. Vice-versa, in the right environment genes won’t be expressed. If genes are blueprint to life then epigenetics is an engineer that’s frames it, change the assembly the structure.

Epigenetics has shattered the Central Dogma of molecular biology proving that genes control our health is false. You have immense control over how your genetic traits are expressed, by changing your thoughts and altering your diet and environment. In other words, your beliefs, the ‘by-product’ of thought and subsequent perceptions have direct and significant effect on your cells.

By: Ruchi Bhajeewala, Genetic Counselor, Positive Bioscience

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