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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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Cellular Epigenetic Inheritance in the Twenty-First Century

Cellular Epigenetic Inheritance in the Twenty-First Century

(p.215) 21 Cellular Epigenetic Inheritance in the Twenty-First Century
Transformations of Lamarckism

Eva Jablonka

The MIT Press

This chapter provides a brief overview of the history of cellular epigenetic inheritance. Epigenetic inheritance is the transmission of phenotypic variations that are not dependent on variations in DNA base sequence to subsequent generations of cells or organisms. The chapter outlines the ubiquity of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance and discusses how it legitimizes the notion that soft inheritance is part of heredity and evolution.

Keywords:   cellular epigenetic inheritance, epigenetic inheritance, soft inheritance, heredity, evolution

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