Cultural Epigenetics: On the Heritability of Complex Diseases

  title={Cultural Epigenetics: On the Heritability of Complex Diseases},
  author={Rodrick Wallace and Deborah Wallace},
  journal={Trans. Computational Systems Biology},
We extend a cognitive paradigm for gene expression based on the asymptotic limit theorems of information theory to the epigenetic epidemiology of complex developmental disorders in humans. In particular, we recognize the fundamental role culture plays in human biology, a heritage mechanism parallel to, and interacting with, the more familiar genetic and epigenetic systems. We do this via a model through which culture acts as another tunable epigenetic catalyst that both directs developmental… CONTINUE READING
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