MEMORY STORAGE IN THE DNA

DNA

Researches at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, believe they have found evidence that memories might be passed down through generations in our DNA. In an article published in Nature entitled Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations they examine the inheritance of parental traumatic exposure, that is to say the progeny or offspring remember the trauma or stressful experience that their parents were exposed to. It seems that researchers in the field come across evidence of this quite often, but it is poorly understood how this can possibly occur. Somehow the memory of the traumatic experience must be passed on in the genes.

In their paper the researchers describe how they condition the parent mice to fear a certain odor, in this case the smell of cherry blossom, and not only did the next two generations of their progeny specifically fear this same odor, but the researchers state that they observed “an enhanced neuroanatomical representation” of the specific gene for the olfactory receptor. In other words this specific fear had somehow become encoded in the DNA that went on into the progeny.

This research suggests that experiences are transferred from the brain into the genome, and these researchers are now continuing their studies to try to understand how information about life experiences could possibly come to be stored in the DNA. Specifically how can it be that our memories are stored in the genetic material that becomes passed on to subsequent generations. I feel I can contribute to this debate in two ways. Firstly it is now known that human thought can actually change the genes, and secondly the very architecture of the DNA packaged in the chromosomes strongly suggests that the DNA is actually made up of millions and millions of memristors, which is actually a new form of memory storage actually being developed in the computer industry. I shall deal with these two aspects in turn.

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Plant Consciousness and the Networked Intelligence

luminous electric flowers 08An article in New Scientist (6 December 2014) entitled “Roots of Consciousness” summarizes the growing body of evidence that plants have memory, sensory perception, attentiveness, intelligence and consciousness. Indeed there even exists today the Society for Plant Neurobiology based at the University of Florence in Italy.

It seems the mighty Charles Darwin first started the debate with his book “The Power of Movement in Plants”. He put forward the “root brain” hypothesis. The root of the plant is actually a very complex structure. The root has a cap for protection as it spreads through the soil, and is also capable of detecting various physical properties such as gravity, humidity, light, oxygen and nutrients. After the cap is a section called the meristem. The cells in this section are said to divide rapidly. After this comes the transition zone which was originally thought to have no purpose, and then there is the elongation zone where the cells actually lengthen allowing the root to grow and propagate through the soil. Charles Darwin said in his book: “It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that the tip of the radicle (primary root) acts like the brain of one of the lower animals.” It is now being seriously argued at the Society for Plant Neurobiology that this transition zone in the root is actually the nerve center of the plant.

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Genes controlled by human thought!

Your-Thoughts-Can-Control-GenesThis is the title of an article in New Scientist magazine, 15 November 2014. It relates a landmark discovery by a team led by Dr. Martin Fussenegger, a bioengineer at ETH Zurich in Basel, Switzerland. I would like to state my opinion upfront that I consider this discovery to be the single most important advancement in scientific history. And yet the discovery has been reported in the most matter of fact way with no fanfare or media hype whatsoever. It is almost as if nobody cares, but what is more likely is that nobody can see its true significance.

So what did Dr. Fussenegger and his team actually do. He himself states, “We wanted to be able to use brainwaves to control genes. It’s the first time anyone has linked synthetic biology and the mind.” As we will see the way they managed to do this was through electromagnetic waves, biophotons, and so the true significance of what they have done is they have left behind the conventional chemical descriptions of gene activation, and they have turned instead to the almost unchartered frontier of the electromagnetic and the quantum mechanical properties of the genome.

I say ‘almost unchartered frontier’ because in fact I relate in Chapter 5 of my book on Biophotons that there is a burgeoning new area of study known as optogenetics. Neuroscientists have now discovered that they can literally, with the flick of a switch, turn the neurons on and off in our brain using light. So slowly but surely mainstream geneticists and neuroscientists are starting to realize that there is a great deal happening in our biological make-up that is brought about by electromagnetic phenomena, and their laborious descriptions about chemical reactions in the 3% of the DNA that is said to harbor our genes is really not advancing our understanding of anything important.

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