Nature vs. Nurture: Epigenetics
Marina Tourlakis, Life Sciences Tutor (Molecular Genetics)
The nature versus nurture debate is an old one that is full of emotion and strong opinions.
Recent advances in the field of genetics have turned this debate on its head by demonstrating that nurture impacts nature, where nature is referring to the genetic code.
This talk will explain the basics of how our genome is translated into the myriad functions and structures that define us and how scientists have uncovered another layer in the complexity of this information transfer via the field of epigenetics: how the environment and our experiences impact our genome.