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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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Plants: Individuals or Epigenetic Cell Populations?

Plants: Individuals or Epigenetic Cell Populations?

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(p.251) 24 Plants: Individuals or Epigenetic Cell Populations?
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Transformations of Lamarckism
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Marcello Buiatti

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015141.003.0024

This chapter shows how the adaptation strategy of plants facilitates the inheritance of somatic genetic and epigenetic variations. First, it discusses the genetic and epigenetic somatic variability in plants. Next, it describes the developmental plasticity in plants, which involves both genetic and epigenetic variations. It also discusses two examples of epigenetically regulated genetic modifications: genome shuffling and DNA amplification. Finally, the chapter emphasizes the importance of selection for coordinating different levels of heredity.

Keywords:   adaptation strategy, inheritance, genetic variations, epigenetic variations, somatic variability, genetic modifications, genome shuffling, DNA amplification

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