The Science of Psychotherapy Core Resource on Genetics
The body itself is an information procesor. Memory resides not just in brains but in every cell. No wonder genetics bloomed along with information theory. DNA is the quintessential information molecule, the most advanced message processor at the cellular level – an alphabet and a code, 6 billion bits to form a human being.
– James Gleick
Knowing that, the complexity involved in the self-organized actions and interactions that emerge from the 3.2 billion base pairs in the double helix of DNA, and the associated biochemical milieu, makes the rest of our biology look simple.
DNA is, on one hand, a blueprint, and on the other, the heart of 37 trillion factories differentially producing the proteins that create us and recreate us every moment of the day. Every cell in our body and brain has a nucleus that contain roughly the same DNA and yet each cell utilizes DNA uniquely.
The study of DNA, genetics and genomics is an incredibly exciting, continually evolving, deep, biomolecular insight into how things happen inside us, between us and in concert with the environment we inhabit.
In this Core Resource for our Standard Subscribers we explore the basics of our genetics and then explore just some of the things that will help us understand more about our clients behavior and emotions.
Healthy Gene Expression and How This Can be Disrupted
An introduction to genetics for therapists.
Genetic Basis for Brain Dysfunction
How things go wrong with genetics.