by Virginia Hughes
Excerpt: I’ve gone into a lot of detail below, but here’s the bottom line: The behavioral results are surprising, solid, and will certainly inspire further studies by many other research groups. The epigenetic data seems gauzy by comparison, with some experts saying it’s thin-but-useful and others finding it full of holes.
My comment: Experts who say the data on the epigenetic inheritance is full of holes should explain what the holes are and compare them to holes in the idea of mutation-initiated natural selection. Meanwhile, those interested in learning more about what is currently known about epigenetic effects of food odors and pheromones on the transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of behavior may want to see:
1) “Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors” Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology 2012
2) the follow-up in the same journal: Nutrient-dependent/pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology 2013
See also: Epigenetic Modulation of Homer1a Transcription Regulation in Amygdala and Hippocampus with Pavlovian Fear Conditioning from March 28, 2012 reported in National Geographic on Nov 15, 2013
National Geographic continues to block my comments on anything to do with epigenetics, which means they may continue to keep others under informed about what is currently known.