inheritance

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    Parents’ Emotional Trauma May Change Their Children’s Biology

    Not a new idea, but the study is a nice summary of recent work in the area and demonstrates that the old gene-centric idea of inheritance is slowly being replaced by a much richer theory of how organisms interact with their environment and how they pass this information down to generations. It...
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    Children Inherit Mitochondrial DNA From Their Fathers Too

    One of the unquestionable dogmas of genetics (up until) today is that all mitochondrial DNA of a child is inherited strictly from the mother. This firmly entrenched belief is taught as an immutable truth in medical schools and is used to justify extensive genealogical genomic tests down the...
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    Epigenetic Changes Can Be Passed Down For At Least 14 Generations

    The phenomenon of inheritance is a solidly established fact in medicine. The fact that having relatives who had chronic disease increases one's own risk for developing those diseases is one of the main arguments of the pro-genetic crowd given as a reason to pursue genetic explanation of...
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    The Neo-Darwinian Theory Of Evolution Is Incomplete Without Lamarck

    After decades of denial that environmentally-driven traits can be inherited, more and more prominent geneticist are calling for a major revision to the Neo-Darwinian theory of evolution. There is nothing modern about the so-called Modern Evolutionary Synthesis, and it needs to be revised or...
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