November 6, 2020

This first edition of the Beyond Genes conference has been collaboratively organized by researchers, clinicians and research advocates, on the initiative of Jill Escher and with the support of the Escher Fund for Autism. The goal of the Beyond Genes conference is to explore non-genetic inheritance including epigenetic and other non-genetic factors. Studying non-genetic inheritance is particularly critical to comprehensively understand the origins of many traits and pathologies considered heritable or innate.

During six sessions spread over Fall 2020, the conference aims to present research conducted with the purpose of deciphering mechanisms of non-genetic inheritance and features sessions focused on specific toxicants. The first two sessions explored the underlying mechanisms of inter- or t...

October 30, 2019

This article aims to promote an open-minded and interdisciplinary dialogue between the public discourse on epigenetics and the current scientific state of the art. It raises three main questions: Are there any specific modes of circulation of epigenetics in the general public? Why does epigenetics seem so appealing to the public? Within the public repertoire of epigenetics, is it possible to identify some specific knowledge claims and, if so, given the current state of the art, what is their degree of accuracy? Using an original database focusing on ‘everyday’ epigenetics from 2013 to 2017, this article argues, not surprisingly, that the social diffusion of epigenetics findings frequently carries beliefs and misconceptions. It fuels a collective illusion of control and empowerment on the ba...

September 6, 2019

Dr. Anne Le Goff will participate at a roundtable on “the Politics of ‘Developmental Origins’: Biological Mattering and Social Justice,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Sept. 4-7, 2019, in New Orleans.  Since its emergence 30 years ago, the DOHaD paradigm, with epigenetics as its driver, has been influential in life sciences and had a strong impact on health policies.  Social scientists have analyzed the modalities of construction and implementation of this paradigm, highlighting its reliance on gendered, racialized, and social categories. This roundtable, organized by Dr. Natali Valdez and Dr. Emily Yates-Doerr, will gather social science scholars of epigenetics, Dr. Julie Guthman, Dr. Martine Lappé, Dr. Anne Le Goff, Dr. Megan Warin to further explore t...

July 23, 2019

What constitutes “human reproduction” is under negotiation as its biology, social nature, and cultural valences are increasingly perceived as bound up in environmental issues. This paper maps the growing overlap between formerly rather separate domains of reproductive politics and environmental politics, examining three interrelated areas. The first is the emergence of an intersectional environmental reproductive justice framework in activism and environmental health science. The second is the biomedical delineation of the environment of reproduction and development as an object of growing research and intervention, as well as the marking off of early-life environments as an “exposed biology” consequential to the entire life span. Third is researchers’ critical engagement with the reproduct...

January 8, 2019

The exciting collaboration focuses on the advances in the field of Toxico-Epigenomics and the scientific, industrial, and regulatory implications of the research in this area. For more information, click on the links below (in French and in English).

January 7, 2019

"Epigenetic Inheritance: Impact for Biology and Society" at ETH Zürich on Aug 26-28, 2019.

The symposium will be dedicated to the theme of epigenetic inheritance, a novel discipline at the interface between biology, medicine and environmental science that studies how life experiences and environmental factors can modify the organism across generations. The symposium is a follow-up of the Latsis Symposium 2017 held at ETHZ, which raised major interest nationally and internationally and was highly successful. The 2019 symposium will gather leaders from different disciplines working on epigenetic inheritance, and cover scientific aspects from behavior to metabolism in humans and various animal models. It will feature keynote lectures from leader...

May 22, 2018

In this new study, Camacho and colleagues reveal that exposure to the plastic chemical Bisphenol A causes a transgenerational impact on fertility that lasts for 5 generations. The authors also dissect the epigenetic machinery behind this effect and were able to reverse the inheritance of the effect. The work can be found in Cell Reports here:

October 31, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Anne Le Goff joins the UCLA EpiCenter research team as post-doctoral fellow. Dr Le Goff received her doctoral degree in France in Philosophy and Bioethics. As part of the EpiCenter, Dr Le Goff will document, interpret and analyze the models of transgenerational epigenetics and how they differ from traditional models related to mutations. Her work will be deeply integrated with bench scientists and epigeneticists at UCLA. For more on Dr Le Goff, see the people page here.

October 2, 2017

Dr Landecker and Dr Allard from the UCLA's Institute for Society & Genetics as well as Dr Amander Clark from UCLA's Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Department have been awarded a John Templeton Foundation grant as part of their "Science and the Big Questions" program.

The grant will help support the interdisciplanry activities of the Center  and answer several longstanding scientific questions: How is the genetic information contained in germ cells altered by an environmental exposure? And can a memory of this exposure be passed on to the subsequent generations?

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The Patrick Allard laboratory

The Institute for Society & Genetics

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