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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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The Decline of Soft Inheritance

The Decline of Soft Inheritance

(p.121) 12 The Decline of Soft Inheritance
Transformations of Lamarckism

Scott Gilbert

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This chapter discusses how the field notion and soft inheritance were left out in the genetics program of biology. A morphogenetic field is a “soft,” developmental version of inheritance and one of the most researched in the study of heredity. Cells interact and are organized into morphogenetic fields. These morphogenetic fields form a particular organ and at each generation, fields are established for the creation of body parts. The chapter discusses how the concept of morphogenetic field was dismissed in the study of heredity.

Keywords:   soft inheritance, genetics, biology, morphogenetic field, heredity

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