My daughter is a Geneticist (PhD). When I used the term “genetic memory,” she scoffed. But then I saw a scene in the TV series “Transparent” regarding epigenetics. She said Jews remember the Holocaust in their unconscious, and told of an experiment in which a rabbit is hurt while smelling cherry blossoms. Three generations later, the offspring don’t like the smell of cherry blossoms.

In ancient Greek times, they believed in family curses being passed down from generation to generation from the gods. If your grandparent insulted them, you suffered for it. Then we thought it was all cut and dried science — if your dad is an alcoholic, you will be too, because of your genes. Epigenetics seems more mysterious and mythical to me, right up my alley. My daughter says it means a change that happens in a generation. Normally, evolution takes many, many, many generations for significant changes to occur.

Good luck with your dreams! I like your curiosity and open mindedness.

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