DNA Memory Exists and Keeps Our Ancestors’ Experiences

dna ancestors memoryGood or bad experience gained by the father will be inherited by his children and even grandchildren. For example, if a man drowned, it is likely that his son will be afraid of water. And the son of his son too. If he died from fire, some members of the future generations of his family will be afraid of fire. Similarly, the subsequent generations may inherit even love to certain products and activities.

In other words, the offspring can inherit experience acquired by previous generations. In fact, they inherit the memory of those or other events. Nonsense? Not at all. The fact that such a phenomenon exists was proven by biologists of the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University.

The experiment

Kerry Ressler and Brian Dias conducted a surprising experiment, which was described in the journal Nature Neuroscience. They connected electrical wires to the floor of the room in which there were male mice. Periodically the current was switched on, and mice hurt and ran away.

Electric shocks on the legs of mice were accompanied with the smell of bird cherry, specifically acetophenone, the main component of this smell. After a series of repeated experiments, the scientists stopped tormenting the animals with electricity but continued spraying the acetophenone. Having smelled it, mice trembled and ran away from the “deadly” bird cherry.

The most interesting happened in the next phase. The mice that took part in the experiment gave offspring that were never faced with electricity and have never smelled bird cherry. After they grew up a bit, the scientists gave them acetophenone. The little mice reacted exactly as their fathers! That is, they startled, jumped up and ran away.

Then the experiment was repeated on the second generation of mice that inherited the fear of bird cherry and showed the same results! The scientists suggest that the memory of the ancestors is preserved even by the great-grandchildren. And maybe even by the great-great-grandchildren. Although it is not sure yet.

The memory of the ancestors

It would be rational to assume that the male mice hit with electric current and frightened by the smell of bird cherry in an unknown way shared their experience with the little mice in the communication process. However, several series of experiments involved mice that were conceived in vitro and never met their biological fathers. But they also were put off by acetophenone, as if expecting an electric shock.

There is no explanation for this phenomenon yet. There is only a hypothesis that the transfer of experience involves epigenetic mechanisms, which depend on the degree of methylation of certain DNA fragments. This in turn leads to the changes in the structure of neurons in the particular areas of the brain. Their new configuration is the one to provide a particular reaction to events.

It seems that the degree of methylation is transmitted through sperm, that is, in the male line. And thus the experience is inherited, creating brain structures that are necessary for the implementation of the experience of the ancestors.

Déjà vu phenomenon can be explained by the DNA memory

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The colleagues of Ressler and Dias believe that revealing the mechanism of transferring the memory of the ancestors, it will be possible to understand the nature of phobias and other mental disorders.

Moreover, it could help explain the mysterious phenomena of the mind, for example, cases when people suddenly start speaking foreign languages or playing musical instruments they never learnt or talking about events that happened long ago and far away. What if the memory of the ancestors is responsible for such phenomena? And finally, can it explain déjà vu? When a person thinks that what is happening to him right now already happened in the past… What if it really did?


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  1. Ironfish December 7, 2013 at 4:28 am - Reply

    If DNA memory exists, how does it gets passed onto to children if they die in the event?

  2. Tiph Hunter December 7, 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Wonderful research, keep up the good work. I too sense that our DNA HOUSES our Ancestors as well. Check out my blog- I write about really cool ideas there about my brain/mind and body- because I study my own MRI images and turn them into Art- I’m learning a lot about myself- my own brain and my own ancestors too. So, nice work- u r not alone in this. I’m Tiph Hunter.

  3. Tiph Hunter December 7, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Nicely written article. Lots of new and interesting ideas.

  4. tiph hunter December 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    What “event” would a CHILD die from? The “User” chooses when it wants to die- this is my idea..

  5. Tiph December 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    On Knowledge Past to “the vine” even after a “short life”– The research on Morphogenic fields come to mind- that a “blue print” exists that creates a “thing” and gets upgraded instantly the “thing” learns it- called “self discovery”…my ideas lead me to study- morphogenic fields- google it….i spell really terribly, sorry for multiple posts…last one, i think..

  6. BFrank December 8, 2013 at 8:05 am - Reply

    It seems the author has used two bad examples to convey this notion of DNA or genetic memory . Only experiences which were experienced before passing on your genes to offspring could be encoded with that data.

    Perhaps if the father almost drowned, or maybe if the father was burned very badly in a fire but survived to pass on his genes, then there may be some possibility of passing on those powerfully imbedded memories.

    • Kristol July 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      I know this is a very old comment you left, but a better example that could have been used is something I think I have experienced.
      I have several generations of farmers in my family. I noticed that myself and all of my children naturally wake up at sunrise. I think it has to do with my ancestors history of doing the same thing.
      Most of my ancestors came from Norway, all of us thrive and love the cold weather. This to could be inherited.

  7. pablo December 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    True. As in the heavens, the same in flesh. The mecanics rules of the spirit, appears giving shape to atoms. Easy way….just an inscription encoded by the star SUN…………He trembles, we scare up……..he works fine, here every body goes in joy………

  8. Philoden January 2, 2014 at 10:43 am - Reply

    We are really only at the dawn of genetic research but new findings are rapidly being made which expose our lack of knowledge in this area.It is only recently that the human genome has been completed and also that of Neanderthal man.In a few years we will be astounded at the amount of information in DNA that in now concealed.Please read the work of Rupert Sheldrake who has some spectacular ideas in the field of “morphic resonance” and other cutting edge fields.

  9. Glenn W. April 9, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Great experiment, bad examples. Drowning or burning up in a fire makes no sense at all. How many children can you have after that happens.

  10. Jacob Gordon/ Depasture November 13, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

    I’m aware that I may receive criticism as well as skepticism for what I’m about to share, however I’m okay with that. People will never understand what their minds are closed to in my opinion. And if you knew me personally, you would know that I despise lying. A couple of years ago I quit a job working in a non union welding shop. This shop lacked proper ventilation and in turn when I quit I became very I’ll. Like drifting in and out of consciousness I’ll. I believed I was going to die, however I’m stubborn by nature and I refused medical treatment. I basically suffered through a bout of pneumonia for 3 or 4 days before getting antibiotics. Now during this drift in and out, I relived a memory that was far from my own. I’d call it a dream however it’s very rare that I ever dream the same thing twice, much less that I remember my dreams at all. And this experience was far to vivid as well as I relived it probably in the ball park of 50 times. Bare with me, as far as I could tell I was in a wooded mountain range in northern Europe somewhere. And I was mortally wounded. I could taste iron in my mouth and I lay with my arms stretched out in front of me. My body was wedged in the crook of two trees that were covered in moss. And I was wearing some sort of leather armor up to my elbows. The woods had a rather dense fog and I could hear shouts and screaming in the distance. In front of me standing was a Brutish man with a massive beard sawing on a dead man’s head with a dull blade. I lived this over and over waking up covered in cold sweat praying that I wouldn’t die. And every time I fell asleep, I was right there between those trees. In the dream, or vision or whatever the experience was, I wasn’t afraid. I’m almost 22 now and this happened at least two years ago. Im from Indiana, and my ancestors came to America from France 4 generations ago. I have Stark blond hair and facial hair. I know I have Scottish and Dutch blood. And call it a massive hunch, but I’ve always felt connected to my ancestors. I have two other experiences similar to this one, but I feel like I’ve typed an essay. I know how far fetched it sounds, and I’m even asking myself why I’m sharing such a personal experience with the world. However if someone else can relate then I suppose it’s worth the criticism. Thank you for your time.

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