George Church, professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, talks about the secrets to holistic physiology.
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The Interaction between Environment and Genes Nature v. Nurture George Church: Of course this very interesting and complicated connection between our environments, in our genes, in the traits that come out of environment plus genes and there’s huge potential. I mean we see amazing abilities Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, all sorts of arts and literature and so forth. These are not typical traits of everybody on earth and to see how the interplay of environment and genes works our, it requires that we really a vast experiment involving everybody who is willing to share on the planet, sharing what they know about their environment and what they know about their DNA so we can make correlations and see how people can lived up their own potential. I don’t think we should think of this in terms of curing things. To some extent, there's this huge diversity and we might want more diversity. We might want to figure out what are the positive aspects of autism mild cases. What are the positive aspects of the incredible diversity having? Can we make it greater by really understanding all the interactions of environment culture and genetics? Should the government get involve in determining the genetics of intelligence and at first that sounds horrible, okay? But actually, it’s routinely done 4 million kids per year in hospitals are tested for phenylketonuria, PKU, a little prick on their heel and you find out whether they have this thing which could be considered 100% genetic meaning if you have this two doses of this, or the bad form of this, you almost certainly be mentally retarded so that’s a very high certainty. But on the other hand, it could be considered a 100% environmental because if you know it and you change your diet so you don’t have phenyl-free in your diet, you don’t have mother’s milk for example, chest phenyl then you will be of completely normal intelligence. So this is something where knowing the interaction between the environment and the genes, it’s neither one nor the other nor as it’s even something where you can say it’s 50/50. It requires a really integrated holistic view of the person’s physiology and there many, many things like that.
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