Director of the Groupe d'Etude des Méthodes de l'Analyse Sociologique de la Sorbonne
Epigenetic marks are traces of a person's experiences on their DNA. They act as biological markers for memory of a person’s environment that can be passed on to their descendants.
Much work has already suggested the link between epigenetics and situations of stress or extreme social adversity, for example in children raised in the midst of conflict, such as in the Congo.
Although several tribunals – notably in the USA – have used social epigenetics as a basis for putting forward a complaint, these examples remain far removed from research.
After her initial studies in molecular biology, Agnès Vernet trained as a science journalist at ESJ-Lille. For the past 14 years, she has been writing for various media, scientific magazines, professional titles and general press, in France and Switzerland. Since 1st February 2021, she is the elected President of the French association of science journalists (AJSPI).