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Published:October 23rd, 2015 19:01 EST
Scientists SayMemories May Be Past Along in DNA

Scientists SayMemories May Be Past Along in DNA

By Ron G Anselm

Your memories are like lines in the sand at the beach, if not gone over every once in a while they begin to fade. With the gentle touch of each wave caressing the beach; the line become less visible as does your memory becomes less retentive. Some of your past experiences your memory recalls can be amazing and some can be downright frightening but all memories share the one premise in life; they link you to your forgotten past or your DNA to a forgotten past relative?  (Anselm R.)

We all know that we inherit certain traits from our relatives like our mother and father and even our grandparents. Some of those traits can be eye color, height, certain diseases that hit us later in life and a whole lot of other traits that make us who we are.

Recently, scientists have expanded their research and added some pretty interesting facts to their knowledge about our memories and how it is possible for some information we have stored in our long-term memory could have been inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA.

Have you ever been driving somewhere and as you race past a blot of scenery you suddenly get a feeling as if you have been here before? You know you have never been near this mysterious place but your memory starts nagging at you like an old married couple nagging at each other telling you that you have indeed been here and many times in the past. It suddenly stumps you for a few minutes and sends your mind into a state of confusion that leaves your head spinning like a top out of control.

Maybe, that could be your great, great uncle used to visit this place or maybe your grandfather went fishing here on Sundays many years ago. Who knows? But maybe if you have experienced this sometime in your life that could be the example of your relatives embedded in your memory through biological DNA coming back to haunt you.

The recent tests scientists performed were performed at Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta and of course mice were used as the guinea pigs to perform these tests but the hypothesis that was found is that mice can pass on learned information about good or bad past experiences to current and future generations of other mice. Scientists believe that it is possible that the same can happen to us humans (More research to come)

Doctor Brian Dias from the department of psychology at Emory University commented on this by stating, From a transitional perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent before even conceiving offspring markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.  (Dias, B.)

Another aspect of DNA passing is the concept of maybe where phobias come from. Some people have the fear of heights, the fear of storms, the fear of going to work on a Monday morning, (Well, I think a lot of us have that one if we hate our job) but maybe this is also the same thing as one of our past relatives had the same phobia and it passed on to us through changes of Biological DNA. Doctor Dias further commented on this phenomenon;

Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder.  (Dias, B.)

These past experience from DNA suggest that they are somehow past or transferred from the brain into the genome which if so would allow them to be passed to later generations. To me, this is almost as if these past experiences would be stored in your DNA and then somehow passed on to you at the time you were born.

This research has so far only been performed on mice not humans, so all of the findings are only coming from data found when tests were performed on mice. The research is now expanding to try to understand starting from stage one of the research of how the information is actually stored in the DNA. Scientists are also hoping to find the similar affects in humans.

 Doctor Marcus Pembrey who is a pediatric geneticist at the University College in London commented stating The work provided compelling evidence for the biological transmission of memory. It addresses constitutional fearfulness that is highly relevant to phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders, plus the controversial subject of transmission of the memory of ancestral experience down the generations. (Pembrey, M.)

A lot of this research if you think about it could one day prove very beneficial in finding how diseases like diabetes, obesity and other medical conditions are past down from generation to generation and maybe from that data if found could spark a cure for ending a lot of inherited diseases and phobias.

So, the next time you`re out for a night on the town and you see that one person you think you recognize and you walk up to them and call them by name (which really isn`t their real name you just think it is because you think they are the person you think you recognize) and they are really not, so they give you a puzzled look and think you`re crazy, maybe you`re really not crazy, maybe they look like someone your grandmother or great, great grandmother knew a hundred years ago and that memory was passed on to you in your DNA. So, don`t go looking to a psychiatrist to figure out your issues, look to your past DNA which may hold the key linking you back to that person through your past relatives.

Reference:

Scientists have found that memories may be passed down through generations in our DNA, (http://soulsurfing.website/index.php/2015/10/13/sciencetists-hae-found-that-memories-maybe-passed-down-through-generations-in-our-dna/) Retrieved October 2015.