I learned of this study, "Dioxin (TCDD) Induces Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Adult Onset Disease and Sperm Epimutations", last June. When I did I wrote Biologist, Michael Skinner.
Although this study is hopeful; it's not the smoking gun we need.
We still don't have the proof we need for the children of Male Vietnam veterans. Proof that when the male parent is exposed to chemicals like Agent Orange (dioxin); will it affect their offspring across generations?
This is what Michael Skinner wrote to me:
Dear Ms Perry,
Thank you for the interest in the research and I am sorry to hear about your family health problems. Currently our studies show the only period that can promote generational effects is a pregnant mother during the period of 6-18 gestation as promoting generational effects. A male exposure will effect his health but not clear if can be passed to later generations. We need more studies on dioxin the contaminant of agent orange and human generational studies. The hope is future human studies will be possible. My regrets but no information yet, but suspect exposure epigenetics will have a role.
Sincerely, Michael Skinner
From: Sharon Perry [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2012 7:55 PM
To: Skinner, Michael K
Subject: Children of Vietnam Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange/Dioxin
It's clear after reading Michael Skinner's email that we need to advocate for more studies on dioxin and human generational studies. I am hopeful that future human studies will be possible.
This is why the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren or their families must register with Birth Defect Research for Children (BDRC).
I know the one thing that stands in our way of actually having such a study is more registrants.
Please follow this link to learn more about BDRC and how to register with BDRC National Birth Defect Registry: Vietnam Veterans Children Sought.