Super Genes With Dr. Rudy Tanzi
Airs Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. on KPBS TV
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A follow-up to the popular television special “Super Brain,” “Super Genes With Dr. Rudy Tanzi” follows the same winning formula: a lively mix of compelling stories, attributed scientific research, and actionable wisdom from Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a leading genetic researcher and author. Dr. Tanzi explores the latest scientific research and the ongoing revolution in genetics, opening up for the first time the possibility that we may be able to influence our own gene activity. “Super Genes With Dr. Rudy Tanzi” explores the following topics:
• Only 5 percent of disease-related gene mutations are fully deterministic, while 95 percent can be influenced by diet, behavior, and other environmental conditions.
• Current models of well-being largely ignore genes, yet studies have shown that a program of positive lifestyle changes can alter 4,000-5,000 different gene activities.
• Studies show that meditation has a profound influence on genetic activity. Someone who meditates produces more telomerase, an enzyme associated with protecting cells from aging.
• Dr. Tanzi co-discovered the first Alzheimer’s disease gene, and is at the forefront of developing a cure for the disease. He was the first researcher to connect a specific gene to a disorder.
• Baby boomers are headed toward age-related disorders while at the same time finding themselves becoming caretakers for parents with Alzheimer’s. A current study shows that caretakers live four to eight years less than non-caretakers as stress seems to accelerate aging in their cells.
• Redefining well-being by understanding that lifestyles affect genetic activities in cells. While genes remain the same from birth to death, lifestyle choices directly influence gene activities and overall health and happiness.
• Self-directed biological transformation means that it’s possible to consciously shape our genetic future.
• “Soft inheritance" suggests that we may not only inherit genes from past generations, but also predispositions and behaviors based on their life experiences. How we think and act today can alter our epigenome and may potentially get passed on to next generations.
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