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About J. -F. Gariépy
I am a biologist and author born in Sainte-Sophie, Canada in 1984. I was fascinated with living things since I was a child. Back in the days, I spent my time observing insects, animals and plants during the summer in the woods that were surrounding my home.
I received a B. Sc. in Biological Sciences at the Université de Montréal in 2006. I then started a research career and obtained a Ph. D. in Neuroscience at the Université de Montréal. My work identified neural connections that seem to underlie an important part of the respiratory effects during physical exercise.
After obtaining my doctoral degree, I went on to study social interactions in monkeys at Duke University. Specifically, I was interested in how the brain solves complex interactions during social games in which monkey opponents must fool other opponents to win.
After my postdoctoral work, I moved to genetic research on neuropsychiatric disorders in the private clinical sector. I was interested in identifying the genetic risk factors that predict patient's reactions to medications for schizophrenia, depression, anxiety as well as bipolar personality disorder.
More recently, I decided to go on my own and write books about my scientific ideas. My first book, The Revolutionary Phenotype, proposes a new theory for the emergence of life which explains how new layers of genetic code are added to the iterations of previous life forms. The Revolutionary Phenotype is essential in understanding the mechanisms for the emergence of life as well as the potential dangerous effects of genetic modifications in humans.
In parallel to my scientific works, I have also developed a career on YouTube hosting various shows related to news, philosophy and science education.
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The Revolutionary Phenotye: The Amazing Story of How Life Begins and How it Ends
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