Endocrine Disruption and Epigenetics: It is Both Nature and Nurture

Date: Monday, October 10

Place: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Time: 7:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. William J. Hendry, Professor and Chair of Biology at WSU

How do early developmental events affect wellness in your adulthood, your children, and perhaps even your grandchildren? Dr. Hendry will introduce a newly emerging paradigm in biology (epigenetics) and how it is implicated in the induction of both infertility and cancer (endocrine disruption) across generations.

  “Once nurture seemed clearly distinct from nature. Now it appears that our diets and lifestyles can change the  expression of our genes. How? By influencing a network of chemical switches within our cells collectively known as the epigenome. This new understanding may lead us to potent new medical therapies. Epigenetic cancer therapy, for one, already seems to be yielding promising results.” — PBS Nova Program Description. See video at http://to.pbs.org/lP3cm5.

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