In this week’s Medical Discovery News by UTMB’s David Niesel and Norbert Herzog: Many think their genetic information is permanent, that whatever we inherit from our parents gene-wise is what we are stuck with — that genes don’t change. But that’s not the case. Genes cannot only change throughout our lives, but they can move or jump from one place in the genome to another. Science shows these jumping genes are linked to certain diseases in humans, but they may have positive effects as well.