Life Lines by Dr. Dolittle

Sponsored by the American Physiological Society

Experimental Biology – Day 4

EB 2017

The August Krogh Distinguished lecture was awarded to Dr. Warren Burggren, who gave a fantastic lecture on epigenetics, or modifications to gene expression. He discussed how epigenetic changes to our genes are reversible. So when a stimulus like hypoxia changes our genes, these epigenetic changes to the genes go away rather quickly when the hypoxic insult is gone, which contrasts genetic mutations that arise from modifications to the genetic code leading to relatively permanent changes.

Categories: Comparative Physiology

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