The Art of Daily Genetic Tikkun

The Art of Daily Genetic Tikkun

Just as we work to maintain the daily essentials of our lives – our diet, our occupations, our home, our relationships – so do our bodies. Our organs have an amazing ability to continually repair themselves in the face of the daily onslaught of environmental impacts – daily genetic “tikkun,” or repair. However, this is bittersweetly balanced by how closely linked this process is to aging. The more frequently and intensively our body has to rebuild and replicate itself, the greater the likelihood that errors will occur in the replication, causing our proteins to mutate and diverge from their original nature and resulting in aging and illness. But this process isn’t inevitable, and recent research in biotechnology has provided insight into how we might improve our bodies’ self-maintaining capacities.

(This post is part of Sinai and Synapses’ project Scientists in Synagogues, a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. Dr. Robert Shalwitz, MD, is a former pediatric endocrinologist and founder of Invirsa, Inc. This concluding event of Congregation Tifereth Israel’s Scientists in Synagogues programming was held on May 24, 2023).

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