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Historical Trans-Generational Genetic Data

Updated on January 16, 2012


I have a very close relationship with my 2 year old grand niece. I normally introduce her to animals and insects while she was growing up, like frogs and grasshopper. She is normally fascinated by these animals. Then one day while doing some gardening, I found a huge worm. I decided to show my grand niece the worm. I held it in front of her for a couple seconds. She was silent as she looked at the worm wiggling as if she did not not know what to think. Then she busted out in a great cry. She ran and cried like never before. Her mother came looking and was surprised that her daughter could become scared of anything as she was relatively brave up to this point.

My intentions were not malicious. After doing some research I realized that the worm may resemble a snake. I do remember when I was like 3 years old, my father had placed a snake around my neck. This was a very traumatizing experience for me. I was scared, but I did not know why. I was not thinking that the snake would bite me. I was just very afraid. The basic reason for this fear was due to my ancestors being attacked and injured by snakes. The mystery is how does this trans-genetic memory get transferred in the first place.

This had me thinking, why did she become scared? When She is seeing a worm for the first time. She was never conditioned or motivated to become afraid of a worm. Then of course I started to research this phenomena. How do people know what to run from and what to play with. The only basic information I found on the internet was that this is a innate function and with no further explanations. So, I want to explore this innate function as a biological function or a spiritual function. Are Human Beings born with pre-installed memory?

How is Genetic Memory Formed ?

Scientist have recently found that memory is stored in the DNA of cells in the form of complex protein structures. This genetic information is replicated during the embryonic stages of life. Therefore, hidden away in our brains are past experiences that are not readily available to the conscious mind for scrutiny and evaluation. This information is instead made available to the sub-conscious brain as a instinctive drive towards the natural sustenance of life. When that Cobra strikes, Humans will automatically jump back avoiding the same mistakes their ancestors made. This autonomic reaction (reflex) is powered by the genetic memories that runs throughout our blood.

The part of the brain that forms memory is also responsible for emotions. Getting bitten by a cobra will invoke deep emotions in the brain which triggers the award/pain circuit which then forces the memory into the brain permanently. Something else happens, The information is forced into DNA as a complex protein algorithm. This information is then made available to bodies subconscious, reflex systems throughout subsequent generations.

How is Genetic Memory transferred?

How this memory is exactly encoded and transferred is still a mystery. Our sense of self and life long experiences are rendered as a permanent blueprint into our DNA. Everything that has emotionally or physically impacted us is stored in our sperm or egg. When the knowledge of the egg becomes fertilized by the knowledge of the sperm. The two knowledge's are infused to become a more sophisticated being than either of its two contributors. The Architectural design contained in the DNA is shortly developed and manifested into existence with the physical and mental attributes necessary to survive the present environment.


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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Denise, They are popular experiments on animals that prove the descendants will avoid perils that afflicted the parent experienced.

      @soumyasrajan, Everything we see in a dream is a representation of our subconscious. I am trying to prove that dreams also consist of ancestral memories.

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      soumyasrajan 5 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! rasta

      I do not know about dreaming so clearly but about our basic existence, if we consider it as an entity one can prove by rational arguments that unless we assume that it is in a different universe/dimension, one gets into paradoxical situations.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      This is quite an interesting topic, actually. It is fascinating how we can 'remember' things via our reactions and not know why...I do believe it is a cellular component to this memory. Thanks for sharing.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Will check it out. In terms of dreaming, I am exploring the possible that dreaming could be the experience of our parallel universe, which is beyond the four dimensions. Therefore dreaming has functions deriving from past, present and future.

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      soumyasrajan 5 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Thanks a lot. I quite agree with the idea spirituality and science are interchangeable, In India too. If you exploring deep sleep etc. you may perhaps enjoy one of my article on ancient Indian philosophies in which I describe a little about how by studying deep sleep a lot of ideas in India about truth evolved. I am also writing more details of these ancient philosophies in some articles (links are give in this article).

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect soumyasrajan, I wanted to take this article in to a spiritual direction, but was not able to handle it. I am still doing some research on the topics encompassing the functions of dreams and the sub-conscious. Will work on it, when I get that energy groove.

      In Jamaica, spiritualism and science is almost interchangeable. By the definition of spirituality or sorcery in the culture, cloning science is magic.

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      soumyasrajan 5 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! rasta1

      Very interesting article and interesting subject. I have also wondered about this aspects some times. I live mostly in India. Why we have some sort of repulsive feeling together with fear with animals like snakes?

      Our fear of snake is it not a bit different from say that of lion? It has some strong repulsive -hate element. we want to be away from it.

      You mention

      "The basic reason for this fear was due to my ancestors being attacked and injured by snakes"

      But I am not so sure. This may be one reason but seems the feeling, fear and its different style is stronger.

      Once some body was remarking that it is in general with all reptiles. A little similar repulsive feeling is also with for example lizard but not so much fear.Perhaps partly it is with the feeling of poisonous aspect mixed with such creatures. The fear of poison is perhaps different from fear of body harm (say lion may cause).

      What ever it is - some thing different is there, nor is there easy way to express the expression. I doubt science has just now tools enough and professional interest enough to study such aspects.

      But what you are looking at genetic codes etc. seems to be most natural direction.

      Though it is also possible, it may not be enough for such studies. We still know very little about our body. In science we study only visible physical body mostly. In India for example since ancient times there have been theories in philosophy and medicine systems that apart from our normal visible body, we also have a system of subtle body which moves along with us just like normal body(Ayurveda, which treats a patient in very different style than allopathic style but is very successful in many diseases, many in India generally go to only Ayurvedic doctors only). This subtle body consists of particles much smaller than those constituting physical body and are very transparent, according to these philosophies. Hence we can not see them. May be if these theories about subtle bodies are right, studying them may give some clues. But how does one study them in current style of science is the question. Practically nothing in Indian philosophies contradicts general ideas in science, in fact they usually take help from scientific models, but there are so far no easy methods to study these ideas since they do not affect our usual sense organs, except things like meditation, which are very individualistic methods. New methods of brain functioning brain scans etc. may help. But still a bit far from these ideas of subtle bodies.

      I wonder are there similar ideas in Rastafarian philosophy. I have been going through your interesting articles. Many ideas look so similar to Indian philosophies and ideas.

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      Sparkster Publishing 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub,

      This is a fascinating subject which I plan on reading about further.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect tobusines, enlightenment is my favorite word

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 6 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Absolutely fascinating, and yet, there's so much more to discover about the human body. I wonder what the next eureka moment will be? Thanks for the enlightenment, brilliant hub.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect csheal, I am glad to bring some light to the genetic memory. Thanks for the compliment.

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      csheal6249 6 years ago

      This is quite an intriguing subject that I value reading. Genetic memory makes up for most of our bodily functions. You've written an outstanding article about it. Thanks for the valuable information.

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      Marvin Parke 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Clara, Man is deceived by their own wisdom, which has grown powerful.However they are sill far off in explaining the mysteries of life.

      Respect Cardisa, re-incarnation is still a mystery.It happens through the carbon cycle and genetics. Thanks for the energy.

      Respect WD, These are the things that fascinate me about life. It goes really far back, right.

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      Clara Kish 6 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hi Rasta, The Bible says man will get weaker and wiser. They have become so much wiser in worldly ways but have become so much weaker in their fellowship with The Lord. somehow they have lost their way and do not seem to care about The Lord anymore. This is progress? They had better wake up very quickly or it will be too late for them forever. Clara

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica


      Very well written and excellent explanation. Some people who believe in re-incarnation may also explain that those memories are a part of past life experiences. Whichever way it happens we do have those memories and they are being triggered in someone's brain every day.

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      Again! You have done a great job of blending, science, art, and philosophy. The bible states, "I will put an enmity between the woman and the serpent."

      How far back does that memory go?