The Epigenetics Revolution: Nature, Nurture and What Lies Ahead - March 13-15, 2015

The Epigenetics Revolution:

Nature, Nurture and What Lies Ahead

March 13-15, 2015

Monsanto Auditorium

Bond Life Sciences Center

Epigenetics (meaning above genetics) is the branch of science that studies the regulation of genes and other genetic material. Beginning before conception and continuing until death, time-specific and space-specific epigenetic instructions are required for each cell in each organ to work appropriately. These instructions may be dependent on the parent of origin (mother or father) and can be altered by the environment—some alterations may even be passed to subsequent generations. For those of you who remember your biology, this means Lamarck may not have been entirely wrong.

This year’s LSSP Symposium will explore what epigenetics means, discuss how epigenetic effects work, and explore examples of how the environment (e.g. diet, toxins, stress, social trauma) can affect genetic expression in infants, children, and adults. Several speakers will focus on the implications of epigenetics for human health and medicine, including the causes and treatments of diseases such as autism and cancer. We will also explore the history and social implications of the fast-evolving field of epigenetics research, which is beginning to affect how we think of the origins of disease, the causes of behavior, and the complex relationships between parents and children. Epigenetics is a quintessential example of the interaction between biology and the social environment, making it an ideal topic for the LSSP Symposium.


Affiliated Event Speakers


Mary Shenk
Director, Life Sciences & Society Program
Phone: 573-884-6883

Karla Carter
Executive Staff Assistant to the Director
Phone: 573-882-7957

Life Sciences and Society Program
105 Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
1201 Rollins Street
Columbia, MO 65211-7310
Fax: 573-884-9395

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