THE WORLD IS IN YOU – THE INHERITANCE FROM THE ENVIRONMENT
Your body is directly connected to how our parents and grandparents lived. Scientists have shown that the expression of our genetic code can change, and that these changes can be inherited. These cause of these changes can have many sources: nutrition, environmental pollution and perhaps even other life experiences. The scope and mechanisms are a source of great scientific debate and raise fundamental questions about heritage and the environment. Does your grandmother’s diet affect your body? And can you inherit your parents’ trauma?
In this talk, professor of epigenetics Romain Barrès and curator Malthe Bjerregaard meet for a conversation about the traces of the past in the bodies of today.
Romain Barrès is Professor of epigenetics at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR).
Malthe Kouassi Bjerregaard is a historian and museum inspector at Medical Museion.
The World is in You – conversations about the connected body.
This conversation is part of a series that delves into four research areas – chronobiology, epigenetics, microbiome research and astrobiology – to examine the questions they raise about our connection to the planet, to our environment and each other. Like the questions, the conversations are also interdisciplinary and cross research, history, philosophy and art.
The conversation series is part of the project ‘The World is in You’.