Most people are familiar with the term Genome that refers to your complete set of genetic information encoded within 23 pairs of chromosomes in the cell nucleus. Once thought to primarily determine your development, scientists have identified three additional layers that have a profound impact on how your genes express themselves and how your brain and body develop and function. These layers are:

  • Epigenome: the complex array of matter surrounding your genes
  • Microbiome: the trillions of bacteria in your body
  • Virome: trillions of viruses that far outnumber both your body’s cells and microbes

(Enriques, Juan, and Steve Gullans, PhD. Evolving Ourselves. Pg 101-103. NY:Current-Penguin Group, 2015)

In recent years, molecular biology has shown that the genome is far more fluid and responsive to the environment than previously supposed. It has also shown that information can be transmitted to descendants in ways other than through the base sequence of DNA. (Lipton, Bruce, PhD. The Biology of Belief. p 72. CA: Mountain of Love / Elite Books, 2005.)

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