Bill Sullivan (@wjsullivan) is a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, an award-winning researcher, teacher, science communicator, and author of Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are.
What We Discuss with Bill Sullivan:
- What we’re just now learning in the field of epigenetics — the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work.
- Why twins who are genetically identical look less alike as they age — or if they’ve been raised apart from one another.
- How the overabundance of plastics and other endocrine disruptors in our environment are affecting not only our bodies on a molecular level, but the physical and mental development of generations down the line.
- How kids — even the unborn — are epigenetically altered by the social and economic status of their parents.
- What we’re learning about the role of the teeming millions of microorganisms that live inside of us — collectively known as the microbiome — on our overall mental and physical health.
- And much more…
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The more we delve into the science of epigenetics, the more we’re coming to understand that there are multiple versions of who “you” can be as blueprinted in your genome — but it’s your environment and how you navigate that environment that bring out the version you’re experiencing today. This is why a pair of identical twins who share the same genetic code may look quite different as they age or if they’re raised apart from one another.
On this episode, we’re joined by pharmacology and microbiology professor Bill Sullivan to discuss the epigenetic factors that nudge us in ways that diverge from our genetic programming as outlined in his book Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are. Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan | Amazon
- Bill Sullivan | Website
- Bill Sullivan | Twitter
- Fast Times at Ridgemont High | Prime Video
- Goonies | Prime Video
- What is Epigenetics? | CDC
- This Is Spinal Tap | Prime Video
- The Woman Who Was 300 Pounds Heavier Than Her Twin Sister | The Oprah Winfrey Show
- Fat? Thin? Molecular Switch May Turn Obesity On or Off | Science
- Endocrine Disruptors | National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- How Plastic is Wrecking Your Health | Carol Kwiatkowski, PhD | The Genius Life 42
- Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race by Shanna H. Swan and Stacey Colino | Amazon
- Poverty Linked to Epigenetic Changes and Mental Illness | Nature
- Intergroup Monopoly: A Lesson on the Enduring Effects of Inequality | Action Teaching
- The Human Microbiome: Why Our Microbes Could Be Key to Our Health | The Guardian
- Effect of Gut Microbiota on Depressive-like Behaviors in Mice Is Mediated by the Endocannabinoid System | Nature Communications
- Supertaster: Definition, Benefits, and Drawbacks | Healthline
- The Psychology Behind Liking Spicy Food and Pain | Popular Science
- How a Child’s Food Preferences Begin in the Womb | The Guardian
- Fecal Transplantation (Bacteriotherapy) | Johns Hopkins
- Does Our Microbiome Control Us or Do We Control It? | Scientific American
- Brain Parasite May Strip Away Rodents’ Fear of Predators — Not Just of Cats | Science
- The Effects of Childhood Maltreatment on Epigenetic Regulation of Stress-Response Associated Genes: An Intergenerational Approach | Nature
- Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor: A Key Molecule for Memory in the Healthy and the Pathological Brain | Frontiers In Cellular Neuroscience
- Fear Etched in Epigenetics: Phobias, PTSD Can Be Inherited | Genome Alberta
- Human Sperm May ‘Smell’ Their Way to the Egg, Science Study Suggests | ScienceDaily
- Minority Report | Prime Video
- Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) | National Human Genome Research Institute
- Monoamine Oxidase A Gene (MAOA) Predicts Behavioral Aggression Following Provocation | PNAS
- National Geographic and Henry Rollins Explore ‘Warrior Gene’ | 89.3 KPCC
- Epigenomics of Being Bullied: Changes in Dna Methylation Following Bullying Exposure | Epigenetics
- Harvard Study Links Gene And Political Views | The Harvard Crimson
- Professor William Sullivan: Our Second Brain: The Power of the Microbiome | TED Talk
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