New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations.



According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: ”From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.

“Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

This suggests that experiences are somehow transferred from the brain into the genome, allowing them to be passed on to later generations.

The researchers now hope to carry out further work to understand how the information comes to be stored on the DNA in the first place.

They also want to explore whether similar effects can be seen in the genes of humans.

Professor Marcus Pembrey, a paediatric geneticist at University College London, said the work provided “compelling evidence” for the biological transmission of memory.

He added: “It addresses constitutional fearfulness that is highly relevant to phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders, plus the controversial subject of transmission of the ‘memory’ of ancestral experience down the generations.

“It is high time public health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously.

“I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally without taking a multigenerational approach.”

Professor Wolf Reik, head of epigenetics at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, said, however, further work was needed before such results could be applied to humans.

He said: “These types of results are encouraging as they suggest that transgenerational inheritance exists and is mediated by epigenetics, but more careful mechanistic study of animal models is needed before extrapolating such findings to humans.”

May our DNA Carrying also spiritual and cosmic memories passed down in genes from our ancestors ?

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  1. Amazing! I knew that a traumatic experience can alter DNA sequence, but passed down genetically??

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    1. The DNA is not altered in any way. Epigenetics are compounds that change the way DNA is read and interpreted.

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    2. Google "racism in infants" for starters. Then explain why sea turtles hatched of sight of ocean head in that direction. Why do freshly hatched quail be unperturbed when a cutout of pigeon passed overhead. Then "freeze" at cutout of hawk?

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    3. I agree with Walt. It is also absurd to say that these experiences target gamete DNA. That would be the only way to alter future generations. And gametes in women already have formed before birth, so to say that the body would allow something to change that DNA is very unlikely to say the least.

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    4. This research is not hard to follow or believe. Many of us Christians have taken some people through demon deliverance and we often find what we call "generational spirits" that have been in the family for several generations. Some of these are fear, alcohol, sexual acts of immorality, anger and rage, and many others. We can cast those out of the person and they recover from their problem that they struggled with for most of their life. These same generational spirits are the ones who speak or reveal so-called "secrets" and pretend to be friendly spirits, such as the channelers and fortune tellers. These old spirits do know a lot of information about our past and our families. A lot of hurts and fears can be passed on to the children and grandchildren. I believe this is through the soul, but if scientists find that it is through DNA, that is not too surprising. Through Jesus we can be set free of those awful things.

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  2. somebody found obstergo. like right now

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  3. Assassin's Creed was right all along...........

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    1. read Dune by Frank Herbert

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  4. Abstergo Industries was here.

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  5. Hmmmm it seems that Science is finally catching up with what the "hippy" therapists have been saying for years .... seems sometimes those fellas just be a bit slow ..

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    1. LOL ha yeah because they were so stoned they didn't know if fast was slow or if slow was fast !!!

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  6. I have suspected this for a long time. It explains so much.

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  7. Would this partly explain the domestication of animals uvh as dogs and cats?

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  8. All the more reason to stop traumatizing every generation with ungodly wars.The price is way too high. And stop telling victims to just suck it up.

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  9. explains what we have been saying for years...our ancestors were horribly traumatized and we are feeling the effects now.

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  10. I don't see a date for this article. In some ways this is old information. The field of Epigenetics started up around the mid-seventies if I'm not mistaken and research has greatly expanded since then. Researchers did find that all experiences we go through can 'attach' information (my words) to the outer layer of our DNA strands. One example given was that people that are obese could have had an ancestor that went through starvation, and that experience altered their genes so the bodies of descendents think they have to store energy, even though food may now be plentiful.

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  11. Very interesting. Here's a theory I heard years ago: that there is SO much information for us as a species to pass along, and to have the brain size at birth to hold all the info there PLUS be able to walk and nurse at will as other mammals do, our heads would be far too big to pass though birth canal. That is why humans are born relatively helpless and require full time adult care and attention, as well as years of education to transmit all this data. Could storing learned information in our DNA be a way to pass it along other than via the brain?

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  12. umm, sorry, but what does the last sentence in this article mean, "May our DNA Carrying also spiritual and cosmic memories passed down in genes from our ancestors ?"...huh?

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    1. Could explain the god gene or what some persons say is an inherant belief in a god/gods.

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    2. Right! I kept reading it to try to make some sense of it. LOL

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    3. Maybe they meant: "May our DNA also be carrying spiritual and cosmic memories [...]"

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  13. I hear some types of drum beating and it triggers a feeling of deja' vu in me. Dancing in general, triggers these feelings as well. I have always thought it was some sort of tribal memory deep in my root brain from past ancestors.

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  14. They had me going until that last sentence, not exactly hard science yet, I wouldn't say...

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  15. I have believed this for years ...

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  16. Nahh, i don't buy it

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    1. Its not pseudo science. Try to see it like this. Emotions go hand in hand with a chemical response in the body. Those specific chemicals can be memorized by the body and stored in the DNA. For further growth a spiritualist might say or other might say its for defense in the future. The family line will will carry these traits. It doesn't even sound hokus pokusy, to me.

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  17. pseudo science!

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  18. C.J. Jung's collective unconscious
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Jung

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    1. I agree. Thanks for pointing it out.

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    2. Yes, Yes, Yes! It is so much more than the transmission of of responses to trauma. This is an exciting area: Jung's collective unconscious contains archetypes - universal primordial images and ideas.

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  19. There is a doctor that goes into this, & has been working on this since the 80's. He has a PhD & an MD, & he strongly believes in this, & that it can strongly effect a persons physical health. His name is Dr Klinghardt, & you can purchase a DVD &/or manual from his website http://www.klinghardtacademy.com/.../Materials-and... (it is fairly expensive though) . He also briefly talks about it in one of his lectures you can listen to online, through the same website, through the link "Listen to Klinghardt" (I think it was the one on Autism). He calls it "Family Constellations Training"; it helps you access these memories & clear them. He believes that emotions/trauma from your ancestors can be passed down, & it can alter a persons DNA so that they are incapable to release pathogens. When you release these memories, it "turns off a gene", so you can then release pathogens.

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  20. This is very interesting. I noticed that when I came to the city for the first time, having had creepy encounters with would-be stalkers on trains, I would avert my eyes and literally burn a hole into any object, floor, window, chair, in order to not have to face them. I trained myself over time to where I can naturally seem very cool and unafraid and so am no longer bait. In speaking with my mother, she told me that when she encountered the same situations when she was younger she would, "Stare into nothingness". I'm sure many women have similar adaptive behaviors for dealing with the close proximity of creepy men. From conversations and research I know they do have similar mechanisms. But I feel that there is definitely a kinship that I feel with my mother...I feel even biologically closer to her knowing she reacted exactly as I do in the same situations. She's been through the same things. I do believe that our reaction to such things are genetic traits that have been passed down, as opposed to merely learned from our environment. Perhaps not...But it is interesting to think about the possibility for sure.

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  21. ... does 'akashic records' ring a bell with anyone ?

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  22. I have read about this before and with my limited knowledge of genetics and DNA, though I am an R.N., it makes a lot of sense especially in the psychiatric field where I have worked a good half of my career. I excited that this research is continuing.

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  23. How do they know the memories are associated with DNA? Memories might be passed to the brain during gestation.

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  24. Of course, memories must be stored somewhere on the physical plane. It's not unlike a memory chip. The information is stored on the chip and the chip goes in the computer to "play out' the information.
    The trouble with our scientists is that they are all so fragmented and they look at the 'whole' from one small perspective. Has anybody heard of Bert Hellinger!!!!! Emily Willen (Jan6) mentioned Dr Klinghardt's 'Family Constellation Training'. Bert Hellinger is in fact the pioneer of his phenomenon that he called Family Constellations. It's great to see mainstream doctors starting to investigate this phenomenon, and the sooner we all recognize the co-relationship between Mind-Body-Spirit the better off we all shall be. Teacher Bruce

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  25. Isn't that interesting. The scientist's will spend generations and billions of dollars trying prove it all scientifically while Bert Hellinger is healing 10's of thousands of people. He says " I don't know how it works, but that it does, so I use it". This 'new' discovery does however give credibility to Bert Hellinger's lifelong work

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  26. "The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the generations of their children." makes sense when it is acted-out through a Family Constellation exercise... Intriguing...

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  27. Hmmm there might be something to this. I used to visit a certain city and was always drawn to a certain 4 block area time and time again - for no obvious reason. (No shops or restaurants that I liked - nothing!) Every time I would go - again, had to at least drive around it, even if I didn't get out and walk around it. 20+ years later in digging into the family tree, and obtaining some maps from the 1800's I discovered to my shock (and amazement) that that 4 block radius was where 2 generations of my immigrant ancestors lived when they first came to this country. I never knew, nor heard my father mention anything about our family ever having even visiting that city prior to when we first went when I was in my teens.

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  28. Energy therapists and ancestral healing healers know this for years.

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  29. This article reeks of "neo-eugenics". Suggest you read the paper, which does not show any such result. The only result they have shown is that maybe they have a viable method for further "research", undoubtedly funded by some government agency trying to establish a reason for euthanizing anyone who does not agree with their views.

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  30. OR it may be that through the generations behaviours are learned and adopted…did anyone ever think of that?

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  31. Not sure if the cite to the article was present...Jensen was writing in the 60's, trying to say that intelligence was clearly genetic, but neglected to include comparison of fraternal and identical twins. Candace Pert, Carolyn Myss, and Bruce Lipton have all contributed information that is relevant to this discussion, as well as the author whose name eludes me whom studied energetic changes in the body due to bodywork. Lipton's discussions show that it is the folding of the exterior of the brain that stores our memory and adaptability. But, I have to say that an innate belief is this concept is what made me decide not to give birth to yet another generation. Rolfing® was at one time shown to change 'genetics.' If we are all energy, energy can change anything.

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  32. We went to Mechanicsville, Iowa to visit the grave site of my husband's uncle Carl. We walk into the cemetery and our daughter Mary walks to a grave of a Mary born on the same day she was. Aunt Esther then says to her that was your great, great grandmother. She was drawn to that grave site.

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  33. Google Body Electronics for those wanting to undo these patterns ;)

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  34. Ok, this may explain why I feel like I've been here before my time and why I'm nostalgic. I'm fascinated by things from the 50's-70's, and can even take my mind back to ancient Egypt. It's like I have an unexplainable longing to go back in time, and experience it as I am now. I guess it's weird, but delightful.

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  35. So you mentioned phobias and anxieties as potential trans-generational memories that are perhaps faulty if not over blown but allude to a nostalgic accuracy with regard to cosmic and spiritual memories... Spiders and snakes have certainly harmed humans... handy to be wary of without a doubt but, so has religion at many points historically. Could that be part of our generational genetic training? To agree with the group, in this case, the church. After all, going against the church has often resulted in public humiliating agonizing mass deaths and if that doesn't get passed on as an irrational fear of going to hell i don't know what would. On the flip side, when in need, the church has often been the only entity with the resources to help in troubled times or for individuals willing to...repent. Seems survival in many points in our history would have a had a lot to do with 'faith.' I would say religion has it's value but, does it have any basis in truth? "Thanks for the 10%+" -Churches Everywhere, Since, religion

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  36. I hope that the scientists of this field study my experience. I interpreted it as memory that came from the spirit which lived before then got new birth in flesh. Every action I made in the past life has reaction in the present life. One day my mind told me I am Christ then my events during 30 years went on reactions to every action Jesus had made. How can this come from DNA when we know that Jesus left without marrying? Please study the first part of my blog and try to interpret this phenomenon.
    http://abdosalem2011.blogspot.com

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  37. It's the seed of the serpent sown into Adam & Eve, through their sin/ disobedience in allowing the devil to deceive them, and so it passed down through the generations. This is the false programming we were not created to have- the programming that denatures our character, personality, thinking, emotions,body functions, & behaviour.But, thanks be to our God who gave us His Son, His truth which reprograms us to normalcy- health to our bodies and souls- the way we were created to function. It takes time to get rid of a program,& a process to reprogram to right way of things.
    In the beginning, GOD created!

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  38. Does this mean that if we are having children later and later in life that future generations will be smarter because there will tend to be more memories passed down, or will that just mean they will be more neurotic? Serious question. Can anyone familiar with genetics explain?

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  39. It also may explain why descendants of colonialism and slavery are still wounded. Or the suicides repeated generation by generation. Or why certain type of music from certain type of region/culture makes you cry. And it also can explain why certain communities remain oppressed no matter how many times they have gone trough liberating meaningful experiences.

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  40. Could this be the source of the theory of re-incarnation?

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  41. The reincarnation is related to the spirit. If man dies without leaving descendents he reincarnates and lives the reactions of his deeds in previous life. The reactions in somehow bring the memory of the past but in another form called reactions. The memory of the present appears in the next life in that way in a code. For example: If man strikes another and passed without punishment, in next life he is to be struck as a reaction.

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  42. LOL...they just figured this out? Google search for "Noonebu Philosophy"

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  43. Didn't CG Jung discuss "collective unconscious" many years ago? and there have been other studies showing inherited memories in lower animals (worms, etc.).

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  44. This is a very obvious thing and the scientist should have known long time ago.
    Imagine you adopt a newly born kitten and raise it away from mother anall its kitty friends. The minute it lwarns to walk out in the garden to poo, it will cover its poo with soil. Where did rhat knowledge come from?

    Similarly you will see that doctor's children ten to make foctoes ans same with many many proffesions and skills that are handed down from generation to generation.

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  45. Until a mechanism is identified for transmittal of specific memories to the next generation through gamete cells, this is still at best speculative, and more likely simply wrong. Such extraordinary claims require a higher level of proof than is given. It's also interesting how much purely anecdotal support this has collected here - but good anecdotes do NOT make good science.

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  46. I believe certain preferences are passed down through the generations. Are they actual memories? I cannot say. For example, I really like fine wooden furniture, the look, feel, etc. I find out later in life my great-great grandfather was a master woodworker. I also enjoy going to auctions. Having lots of stuff and when somebody needs something, I give it to them. My mother told me years later that I reminded her of my great-grandparents. They would go to auctions and have a room of stuff and if someone needed something, they just went to the room and gave it to them. I never met my great grandparents or knew anything about them until later in life. I like almost all things English, even though I am American. Found out the family is half English descent. There are loads of similiar stories in my family. Have you ever heard someone being referred to as an "old soul?" Do you know someone who identifies with another time period other than the one that they were born in? I like Art Deco things, 1920's plus I like and favor things from the Elizabethean Age of England. Why? This memory thing intigues me, but further research is needed.

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    1. Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment has a support group for people who reincarnated from WWII -- too quickly, but with a mission and strong sense of purpose to ensure that the world is put on a better course.

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  47. In Homeopathy it has long been recognized that certain acquired diseases leave traces in the dna of subsequent generations, creating tendencies and syndromes in the children and great-grand-children, until remedied with a constitutional remedy.

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