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Genetic memory was the ability of one's DNA to carry memories of things an individual hadn't experienced. There were some species that relied entirely on genetic sequencing to preserve facts about their culture. (ENT: "Similitude")

The "Sky Spirits" inserted a genetic memory of their first encounter in 43,000 BC with a small group of nomadic Human hunters, which was meant to be one of their gifts to the hunters and their far distant descendants in the future. They were able to do this through touch alone. (VOY: "Tattoo")

In 2373, in an attempt to convince him that he was actually Taresian in origin, Lyris attributed Harry Kim's ability to know details about a planet he had never seen to dormant genetic memories which were re-awakened as he made his way there. (VOY: "Favorite Son")

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