How are epigenetic patterns inherited?

The Epigenetics Research Laboratory at the Garvan Institute in Sydney has released DNA Methylation & Development, the second in a series of four sketch videos about epigenetics, created by Armando Hasudungan in collaboration with Professor Susan Clark and Dr Kate Patterson.

Epigenetic patterns are established during embryonic development and maintained during cell division. Epigenetic patterns in each cell are exquisitely programmed but potentially can be altered by our environment. This video explains how the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis proposes that not only are we what we eat but that we could also be what our parents and even what our grandparents ate.

Read more about epigenetics on our What is epigenetics? page.