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Transformations of LamarckismFrom Subtle Fluids to Molecular Biology$
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Snait B. Gissis and Eva Jablonka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015141

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.001.0001

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Maternal and Transgenerational Influences on Human Health

Maternal and Transgenerational Influences on Human Health

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(p.237) 23 Maternal and Transgenerational Influences on Human Health
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Transformations of Lamarckism
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Peter D. Gluckman

Mark A. Hanson

Tatjana Buklijas

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.003.0023

This chapter explores the medical implications of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. It demonstrates how the maternal environment is affected by epigenetic alterations and how these modifications are transmitted across generations. The chapter also reviews recent research that shows how the maternal environment shapes offspring disease and how evolutionary concepts may be profitably applied to explain the emergence of disease.

Keywords:   transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, epigenetic inheritance, maternal environment, epigenetic alterations, offspring disease

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