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Of particular interest to practitioners of Folkish Witchcraft Traditions ... More scientific evidence to support that the experiences of our ancestors and our ancestral cultural environment (and therefore, elements of our ancestral heritage even extending into deep time) are epigenetically passed down through the generations to influence phenotypic expression of our own genes ...
"Common ancestry, common culture, common environment — all these factors contribute to the genomes of individuals of the same ethnic groups.
In a study published in the academic journal eLife, researchers examined DNA methylation — fingerprints of DNA that can be inherited or altered by life experience and shape how our genes are expressed.
This [the scientific results scientists found] led the researchers to theorize that a large fraction, one quarter, of the DNA fingerprints likely reflect biological signatures of environmental, social or cultural differences between the ethnic groups."
Read the full article - Culture Etched on Our DNA More Than Previously Known, Research Suggests