I found an article online: Scientists have found that memories may be passed down through generations in our DNA:
New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences—in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom—to subsequent generations.
It is one of those articles that I can imagine a lot of people will be jumping all over in terms of adoption, on all sides of the issue, for various and likely contradictory reasons. And this without being necessarily skeptical of the article, or the reasons for it; I remain a bit skeptical until I know who funded such research and why it was undertaken. It makes me think of bad science-fiction plotlines….or disturbing periods of human history.
I won’t elaborate on my reactions and thoughts just yet; although I will say that reading this was a bit of a relief. I’ve often spoken about a sense of “resonance” here in Lebanon that I cannot explain; I feel less prone now to think that others think I’m crazy or projecting as well as less prone to think that I am myself crazy or projecting for the same reasons.
I’d like to ask two questions:
First, what would/might this notion of “trans-generational memory” mean for you? This can be based in the actual science of the article, or else can be more a “flight of fancy” if you wish.
Second, what do you imagine such a concept might mean for prospective adoptive parents? Especially as concerns the notion of the “perfect” and “blank-slate” baby?