You can't always blame your parents: Alberto Perez at TEDxSBU

You look more like your dad...you have the smile of your mother... How many times have we heard similar things? DNA is often named the code of life..having all the information about who we are. But what if there's more? Can our environment and decisions change the way that information is used? And can those effects be passed on to our children and grandchildren? Apparently so! Listen to three simple stories that will introduce you to epigenetics: how it is changing the way we think about our DNA, the potential it has for future medicine to deal with genetic diseases and treating cancers with less side effects. What is epigenetics and how does it affect us? As a molecular biologist, Alberto Perez uses supercomputers to study life at the atomic level. He got his PhD from the University of Barcelona, Spain and continues to carry research related to DNA and proteins at Stony Brook University, New York. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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Bambi's Hiraeth: Scums in my village blame their parents for everything and take no responsibilities for their own failures. How pathetic. But then again, what more could you expect from a bunch of backstabbing sabotaging haters?

Arch Stanton: This is a too simple description about epigenetics, if you already know about its definition, don't bother watching this. I am not a gene scientist, yet I could have easily given a better presentation on this topic.

Kent Gustavson: +Alberto Perez's #TEDx  Talk on epigenetics is a wonderful, fascinating introduction to the bleeding edge of genetic research, and incredibly inspiring!

Charlie Laughton: Great talk Al! I love your analogies - excuse me if I "borrow" a few for my lectures!

Alberto Perez: Thanks Michela!!

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