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Apr 20, 2023

Dr. Oded Rechavi: Genes & the Inheritance of Memories Across Generations | Huberman Lab Podcast

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In this episode, my guest is Oded Rechavi, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology at Tel Aviv University and expert in how genes are inherited, how experiences shape genes and remarkably, how some memories of experiences can be passed via genes to offspring. We discuss his research challenging long-held tenets of genetic inheritance and the relevance of those findings to understanding key biological and psychological processes including metabolism, stress and trauma. He describes the history of the scientific exploration of the “heritability of acquired traits” and how epigenetics and RNA biology can account for some of the passage of certain experience-based memories. He discusses the importance of model organisms in scientific research and describes his work on how stressors and memories can be passed through small RNA molecules to multiple generations of offspring in ways that meaningfully affect their behavior. Nature vs. nurture is a commonly debated theme; Dr. Rechavi’s work represents a fundamental shift in our understanding of that debate, as well as genetic inheritance, brain function and evolution.

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Dr. Rechavi.
Academic Profile: https://en-lifesci.tau.ac.il/profile/odedrech_66
Lab Website: https://www.odedrechavilab.com.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OdedRechavi.
TEDx Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/oded_rechavi_transgenerational_biology?language=en.

Articles.
Neuronal Small RNAs Control Behavior Transgenerationally: https://bit.ly/2HZxrzO
Transgenerational Inheritance of an Acquired Small RNA-Based Antiviral Response in C. elegans: https://bit.ly/41xRf47

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