Starvation Can Affect Future Generation Through Parental RNA

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Evidence from human famines and animal studies suggests that starvation can affect the health of descendants of famished individuals.

A new study, involving roundworms, shows that starvation induces specific changes in so-called small RNAs and that these changes are inherited through at least three consecutive generations, apparently without any DNA involvement.

Yet again, modern science hands Jean-Baptiste Lamarck a (partial) posthumous victory. File under: “Science is Weird”.

Image via Columbia University Medical Center.
From the journal Cell via Science Daily for extensive quotations from the original Columbia University Medical Center article.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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