Researchers Investigate Epigenetic Patterns In Multiple Conditions

The Wall Street Journal (2/28, D3, Wang, Subscription Publication) reports that increasingly, research is showing that life experiences can influence the genes of offspring, as passed on through epigenetic inheritance, which alters the activity of genes. Researchers have found that stress is linked to epigenetic changes that can predispose animals to cocaine addiction. Other investigators studied why babies born to mothers who have experienced trauma are more susceptible to obesity and heart disease, and have suggested that trauma can lead to epigenetic changes that change fetal metabolism. Researchers also suggest that epigenetic patterns may help in diagnosing psychiatric disorders.

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The article, which I commented on at their site, will be available for approximately one week from the link above. Hopefully, the informative video will remain available. It is the best representation of epigenetic cause and effect that I have seen, and is also very concise (less than 4 minutes). A few minutes to watch it, and you can be very informed about some complex issues in behavioral development that are linked to the epigenetic effects of food odors and social odors on genetically predisposed behaviors.

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society