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From Parent to Child

Can we transfer lifestyle habits genetically to our children?

QI am 25 years old and will soon get married. I heard that if I become athletic, live calmer, or even if I am stressed out a lot I can pass these behaviors on to my children and grandchildren because they change my genes. Is that true?


AIt sounds like somebody told you about “epigenetics,” and, yes, what you said is mostly true. The new reality of passing along to your descendants traits you acquired in life (before having children) was heresy to scientists only a few decades ago, but it’s on the cutting edge of medicine today. Here is a simplified explanation:

In school you probably …

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