http://www.crossroadsfilm.com - Contrary to what you'll find in standard biology textbooks, Bruce Lipton's 1967 stem cell experiment shows that not genes, bu...
Over 40 years ago, I was cloning stem cells and one of the first experiments that just so blew my mind that it really changed the whole course of my education and my life. I put one stem cell in a culture dish all by itself and that stem cell divides every 10 to 12 hours. After about a week to 10 days, I had 1,000s of cells in the petri dish, but what's most important is that all the cells are genetically identical to each other. And then what I did, and this is the experiment, I separated the culture of genetically identical cells into 3 different petri dishes and I changed the environment. The culture medium to cells is like the world that we live in: the air, the water, the food, all the things are in it. So I had 3 different environments, yet genetically identical cells in each dish, and the results revealed that in environment A, the cells formed muscle, in environment B the cells formed bone, and in environment C the cells formed fat cells. What was so profoundly important about this is that if you ask the question - What is responsible for controlling the fate of the cells? -- what the experiment clearly revealed was that all the cells were genetically identical. The only thing that was different from one dish to the other dish was the environment. So, while at the time I was teaching medical schools the conventional story out of the textbook, the concept of genetic determinism that genes control our fate and our lives, my experiments revealed a completely different story, and that was, it was the environment that was primarily responsible in shaping behavior and genetics.