Scientists have found that memories may be passed down through generations in our DNA

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Scientists have found that memories may be passed down through generations in our DNA 

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.

According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: ”From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.

“Such a phenomenon may contribute to the etiology and potential intergenerational transmission of risk for neuropsychiatric disorders such as phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.”

This suggests that experiences are somehow transferred from the brain into the genome, allowing them to be passed on to later generations.

Scientists have found that memories may be passed down through generations in our DNA

The researchers now hope to carry out further work to understand how the information comes to be stored on the DNA in the first place. They also want to explore whether similar effects can be seen in the genes of humans.

Professor Marcus Pembrey, a paediatric geneticist at University College London, said the work provided“compelling evidence” for the biological transmission of memory.

He added: “It addresses constitutional fearfulness that is highly relevant to phobias, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders, plus the controversial subject of transmission of the ‘memory’ of ancestral experience down the generations.

“It is high time public health researchers took human transgenerational responses seriously.”

“I suspect we will not understand the rise in neuropsychiatric disorders or obesity, diabetes and metabolic disruptions generally without taking a multigenerational approach.”

Professor Wolf Reik, head of epigenetics at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge, said, however, further work was needed before such results could be applied to humans.

He said: “These types of results are encouraging as they suggest that transgenerational inheritance exists and is mediated by epigenetics, but more careful mechanistic study of animal models is needed before extrapolating such findings to humans.”

May our DNA Carrying also spiritual and cosmic memories passed down in genes from our ancestors?

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61 responses

  1. Philip Bond says:

    I see this some time back drawing my attention in Epigenetics

    • Lee Hawkins says:

      Thank you so much for sharing the link to this much more in-depth exploration of such a fascinating subject!

    • Robin Scott says:

      I’ve said this for YEARS.. that “Deja Vu” moment we experience from time to time…. it’s a memory that got handed down TO you from one of your ancestors.. everything else does, why not memories????

      • Nell Rose says:

        I have written about this for a long time. I did believe in reincarnation, but the more I looked into it the more it was obvious that it was genetic memory. Good to see that I was right.

      • Andrea says:

        You’re right. Some of us inherit physical talent from our parents. Why not memories? I’m sure many of us have had moments where we knew something and we were surprised by that knowledge and wondered how we obtained it. I’m glad these studies are continuing.

      • Cean Cel Mare says:

        Genetic transmission of specific, complex audio-visual memories aren’t what the research suggests is being passed down. The only memories that are potentially being transmitted are vague ones like the sensation you might get if you’re walking through a foggy field or when you encounter a spider while eating. These ‘memories’ are really only proto-memories, or the building blocks of what we think of as memories. They are feelings, or intuitions, nothing more. As soon as I read this I knew that readers would misunderstand this…

      • diane says:

        I have thought from reading on deja vu, which has been a long time ago, that this happens when the brain starts rapid movement and gives you the feelings that you have been in the exact place and time with the same experience.

  2. Samantha Wharton says:

    Read Velikovsky’s “Mankind in Amnesia.”

  3. Brian Hollander says:

    Interesting. I predict however that there will come a day when science finally discovers that there is more to the world than the physical. They have found that these fears are passed down and are therefore assuming that there is a physical vehicle responsible, hence it must be in the DNA. This assumption ignores such concepts as there being a collective consciousness. Quantum physics is fast approaching a recognition that there much more to the world than the physical. We live in interesting times!

    • Sandy says:

      You and I share that precept. I realized it several years back when I learned all things that exist are just different forms of energy.

    • Jill Christine says:

      Agreed^ I wonder how they think they can extrapolate fears of mice to memories of people based purely on the physical. Seems to be a gap there.

    • michael says:

      Scientists have continually tried to remind non scientists that the boundaries we construct between what we can see or measure are artificial. It is not that the ‘non physical, or what some call the “spiritual” world is separate from physical world but part of the same world. There is no schism, except in our understanding.

  4. karlene brummer says:

    I had this idea/notion/thought several years ago and i have no scientific background whatsoever. I just started to think about things like past life memories and certain skill sets/talents displayed by very young people with no prior tuition (child prodigies) I asked myself: How could this be that a 3 or 4 year old can play a concerto on a piano that would normally take years and years of practice and learning? And the only answer i could come up with apart from the obvious reincarnation one – was a shared memory from someone who had done this in their own lifetime and the knowledge had been passed down genetically. Now it would be interesting as further evidence – to research some of these prodigies – and trace their ancestry and see if there are indeed family members with these same skill sets/talents. It would truly be a shame if a lifetime’s knowledge and learning is just lost when we die, it just makes sense that nature has provided a way for this to be passed on – or otherwise we would just be reinventing the wheel over and over and over again in all sorts of ways!

    • Jayron Robinson says:

      Karlene, your comment is exactly correct. A little over 25 years ago I wrote a book that was called “Immortal Nomad Monks” about this very subject. To state simply what the content of my book focused on was that ‘We are our own ancestors.’ Much of it was exactly as you stated, however, I used the DNA aspect to prove the points within – but – I made a major mistake in the scientific information provided and didn’t realize this mistake until the last chapter. The unique and inseparable relationship between DNA and RNA. I had left out entirely the RNA factor. The book was sat aside and I’ve been doing an entire rewrite from the last two chapters to include this relationship.

      When I read your comment it was like reading from my own pages.

      What these medical doctors, especially from the psychological and psychiatric fields, are suggesting is more along the lines from within their particular fields to focus on the negative results of this genetic vehicle and seek a possible cure. I don’t think this is a good approach on the grounds that once they arrive at an acceptable conclusion they will then attempt to develop a medication that will interfere with this natural process and the results will be no more than altering ones DNA-RNA factors to breed out the selected factors or elements over a certain period of time. “On the path of creating the perfect human.” Humans are ot supposed to be perfect – it is our flaws, our mistakes and our very existence that makes us what we are…unique. To interfere with this natural process is to alter natures laws. The human mind is a creature of endless curiosities and if it were not for that alone how would we ever know to ask questions, to challenge what we know or think we know and so forth?

      Even the very idea of contemplating a cure in these areas is dangerous because of altering any element of these factors changes them in such a way that the identity of the person they belong to is also altered and the path of generation to generation is broken. This is an area that I personally believe we should not tamper with. Any science can be a god-send or the devils playground.

      I noticed in their article that they too did not include any mention of RNA – they may have excluded on purpose, for whatever reason, or they just haven’t come to the realization of its importance at this time.

      Again, thank you for your comment…it is right on the mark.

  5. Kat Rose says:

    I have thought about this many times, and the one thing that disturbs me about our legacy to future generations, of our memories, knowledge, skills, emotions, etc., is that it is only the YOUNG, generally speaking, who can pass it on! You talk about kids being child prodigies, for example … but it usually takes decades for someone to be a great concert pianist or Olympic champion or respected scientist – or even a human being who is mellow, tolerant, and socially conscious. The skills, wisdom, and experience acquired by any parent largely happens well after their child-bearing years. The person that they were when they had children in their teens, 20’s or early 30’s, are only half the person that they will become. So, the best of who they are will never be passed down to future generations! Think back to who you were when you had your kids … and we wonder why the human race is so troubled! 😉

    • Jayron Robinson says:

      Kat, you pose some very good points. Please take into consideration that most of our ancestors were what we refer to in today’s terms as kids. What was also considered to be old age in the past was usually around 45 years of age. The inherent knowledge that has been passed down through the generations therefore comes from those kids. There are many aspects of human history that notes this. Insofar as only being a half of a person, those experiences with life acquired from youth to elder, really has nothing to do with how this process is successful or not as DNA-RNA has nothing to do with any limitations to time.

  6. S. H. says:

    I have witnessed several of these first hand…. The one I am sharing is about a time in 1989 – 1992’s, when I went with a friend to a Psychic Fair…
    An Astrologer there said I was a “Natural born Teacher” years Later I found that My Maternal Grandmother was in fact a school teacher… In 2013, I found out that my Fraternal Grand Father was in Fact a School teacher as well. I had also been told that I am a Medical intuitive. In 2013 I found out that on my Fathers, Mother’s side that “My Great Grand Father was a Doctor” and his wife “My Great Grand Mother was a Mid wife” Very Interesting!!

  7. S. H. says:

    Also if Professor Wolf Reik, is interested, I may have some Human evidence for him.

  8. cherie herbert says:

    Hmmm…sounds like a little thing called evolution.

  9. Susy says:

    So I had a recurring dream for years and years in my childhood. I would be running, usually fleeing something that wanted to eat me or sometimes just for the joy of running, and I would find that running on two legs was highly unsatisfactory, slow and inefficient. Eventually, I would morph into a four legged creature, beginning to use my arms, which became my forelegs little by little, to pull myself along. My speed increased exponentially, and I always outran any pursuers. The sensation was visceral. A dream of devolution. It’s so funny they named that prehistoric gal from Africa Lucy, because that is the name of my sister now. Maybe, I was Lucy then. Speaking of memories that live in DNA. I told a Feldenkrais movement teacher about my dream and she said it was interesting. She trained runners and told me that one of the biggest enhancements to their speed was the active use of their arms.

  10. Bear says:

    This will help explain a lot of this and it blew my mind.

  11. Mary Elizabeth Todd says:

    in 1990 I was in Scotland and I took a walk in the Moonlight close to the Firth of Forth- I was overcome with the feeling that I had been there before. It was like I had come home, and yet I had never been to Scotland before- years later during tracing the roots of my family- I found that the Todds I am connected came from within just a few miles of that very spot. From that point on, I have had absolutely no doubt that was true.

  12. LeppFan says:

    Even more basic….I’ve always questioned the idea of “Instinct”. “Instinct” to me has always been something that we just don’t totally understand so we give it a name and that’s that. An animal instinctively knows to go to the water. An animal instinctively knows to construct a web. An animal instinctively knows fight or flight. How does a new born creature understand that something is “harmful” to them? Instead it is passed on in their DNA. It is a learned and developed ‘habit’ over generations that is passed on just like wings or walking on two legs. This is fascinating and I hope to read more developments.

  13. Mary Suwarno says:

    What is not being considered and credited is the individual person. Yes, the individual is connected to others. However, the individual is still an individual. The individual exists in his or her or its form based on karma. The individual is born, lives and dies according to a natural law of simultaneous cause and effect. This is where the connection to the environment exists. The person is born to those parents based on karma, his or hers as an individual and also the parents’ karma.

    Dejavu is an experience based on that individual’s karmic connection to his or hers environment. This karma includes all past and present thoughts, words and actions. It involves the past-present-future as a unit. There is no separation of past, present and future. The past encompasses all past, from one instant ago to all past lives. To think that a person has been in an exact location before with the settings exactly as they recall is unrealistic. The physical environment and landscape is constantly changing. Dejavu stems from a much deeper karmic relationship to the environment than can be fathomed with the brain and logic and even with scientific study .

  14. My thoughts have been just how far can this be taken? I’ve been exploring the possible limits of genetic memory on individuals in my historical novel about revenge , Spanish History and more: “BEGINNINGS – Where A Life Begins” …. check it out on Amazon at …. (to find out about me see )

  15. Ann says:

    About 30 years ago, I felt a lot of “deja vous” when I was driving around Northeastern Massachusetts (north of Boston). When I began doing genealogical research in the 1990’s, I learned that many of my ancestors had settled that area in the early 1600’s. I’ve also had this irrational fear of being struck by a railroad train. I’ve no idea why. When I told this to my mother a few years ago, she gasped! My great grandmother’s sister was struck and killed by a train in 1945. Her name was Emma, but her baptismal name was Ann (which is my name). Coincidence? Who knows!!

  16. This is real; our live is determent for a large part by the live experience of or ancestors. Bert Hellinger developed a therapeutic method called family constellations. His work made it clear how strongly people are bound to their ancestors through loyalty. Without being aware of it, people carry the unprocessed emotional loads of their ancestors and manifest them in their lives in subconscious ways. This leads to profound (at times destructive) consequences—not only for the people themselves but those around them. I am working with this method for more than 12 years and I must say that it is one of the most powerful therapeutic method I know. For more information see the book “Family Constellations Revealed.”(

  17. dato says:

    I think, not only memory, but also attitude from father, like my niece’s son, he has attitude like his father event they not live together

  18. Mark Lund says:

    Thanks very much for posting this article. Emory University has certainly been a pioneer in this field. When I was researching the science of mind reading via fMRI for my film Justice Is Mind it was Emory and Carnegie Mellon that kept showing up (in particular a wonderful 60 Minutes story in 2009). The sequel to Justice actually addresses DNA and memory. Thanks again for a great post.

  19. Josh says:

    DNA isn’t the only thing a mother shares with an unborn child. If they had cloned the mice and they exhibited a fear of cherry scent then it would be evidence. The only useful thing in this study is to note the names of those involved so you can be suspicious of any other conclusions they publish. America: even our scientists are morons.

  20. Jennyct says:

    It’s not conscious ‘memories,’ it’s epigenetics or the control of genetic expression via methylation caused by ‘external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off.’ In other words, there’s a chemical switch controlled by an ancestor’s environment – that doesn’t turn back to normal and becomes part of the parental DNA.

    • Tammie says:

      I know my 13 year old daughter is a clone of me…scary but fun. She gets me and all my jokes and unusual humor. We’re going to have fun as adults. Another genetic I hate the word reality when used broadly…unique is better. We jump out of the box to find a connection…to later realize we built a box within the box…. Oh boy now I’m a rambling box of rocks. The precious ones of course. At least I know my daughter will get it… and my sons too. Spirituality is another common denominator my children have naturally inherited. So I got that much figured out so why do I not never connect with my dad …weird

  21. Honest scientists will tell you that storing memories in DNA is quite impossible. It’s a silly suggestion. Memories are stored atemporally and not in the brain at all. There is no other explanation for how we can recall an event from our childhood instantly and in great detail. Go to for more information.

  22. Jackie Morfesis says:

    Scientific research in many cases does support and verify spiritual truth. But for me, it is never necessary. Of course, we are connected to the memories of our ancestors, our parents, the generations past. We are here for a purpose and born into our lineage for a purpose, not only the sorrows, fears, and struggles – as this article suggests, but the gifts, blessings, and joys. Lessons. Lessons and more lessons. Its a shame that the scientific world needs to live so indelibly tied to and in bondage to proving everything – when if they saw with soulful eyes – all would be clear.

  23. Lisa G says:

    I do not agree that it will take us years before we can apply it to help humans. I am a holistic energy healer. I specifically ask for, find, and remove inherited energies of all kinds, every day from my clients. These not only release from the client, they release from every ancestor involved past present and future.

  24. Lygeia says:

    Why would a mouse be afraid of the smell of cherry blossoms?

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