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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis$
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Massimo Pigliucci and Gerd B. Müller

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262513678

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.001.0001

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Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance

Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance

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(p.137) 7 Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance
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Evolution—the Extended Synthesis
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Eva Jablonka

Marion J. Lamb

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262513678.003.0007

This chapter reports the case of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. It concentrates on developmental biology, in particular on molecular studies of epigenetics, and on one specific challenge: That of “soft inheritance.” The chapter reviews the assumptions about heredity and development that were built into the late twentieth-century version of the Modern Synthesis, and shows that the transgenerational transmission of epigenetic variations through cellular inheritance and through routes which bypass the germ line is not a rarity. It explains how incorporating epigenetic inheritance affects adaptation, genetic assimilation, reproductive isolation, evolution of development, and macroevolutionary change.

Keywords:   transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, developmental biology, heredity, Modern Synthesis, cellular inheritance, germ line, adaptation, genetic assimilation, reproductive isolation

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