What is Epigenetics?

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Epigenetics is a new type of science that is growing in popularity and promise in the scientific world.  Epigenetics is the study of cellular and physiological traits, or the external and environmental factors, that turn our genes on and off, and in turn, define how our cells actually read those genes.  It works to see the true potential of the human mind, and the cells in our body.

This is a science that even eminent scientists are beginning to see the potential in. Sir Adrian Bird defined epigenetics as the structural adaptation of chromosomal regions that register, signal and perpetuate altered activity states.  Another scientists with decades of experience who is also leading the way with epigenetics is Dr. Bruce Lipton, who has written three major books on the field and how it can enrich our own lives.

Epigenetics and Dr. Bruce Lipton

The best-selling author of The Biology of Belief, Bruce Lipton is a stem cell biologist, recipient of the Goi Peace Award, and a keynote presenter at many national and international conferences.  Beginning his career as a cell biologist, he would go on to examine the principles of quantum physics and how that can be integrated into the understanding of how cells process information.  Through this, he produced studies that were breakthroughs regarding cell membranes.  His studies showed that the outer layer of the cell was essentially an organic computer chip, and worked like the brain of the cell.  From 1987 to 1992, he researched this idea and found that the environment, which would operate through the membrane, controlled the behaviour and the physiology of the cell.  It would turn genes on and off, and it would help create the modern science of epigenetics.