October 13


Epigenetic experiments: how to make rabbits like juniper berries

By heheals

October 13, 2020

Steven Rose on C.H. Waddington’s early experiments and the implications of epigenetics for evolution. Read more: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n17/steven-rose/how-to-get-another-thorax


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A typical issue moves through political commentary to science or ancient history by way of literary criticism and social anthropology. So, for example, an issue can open with a piece on the rhetoric of war, move on to reassessing the reputation of Pythagoras, follow that with articles on the situation in Iraq, the 19th-century super-rich, Nabokov’s unpublished novel, how saints got to be saints, the life and work of William Empson, and an assessment of the poetry of Alice Oswald.



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  1. I always thought that the environment must have a role in evolution at a single generation level, which would explain how genes developed traits to accommodate the conditions, however the Ether experiment on Fruit Flies can be easily attributed to the possibility that ether has manipulated the genetic makeup in germ cells in the larvae's bodies, and the aberration transmitted throughout the following generations is simply passing on these abnormal genes, and regarding the rabbit experiment, well I don't find it very convincing without reviewing the methodology and making sure there were no biases occurring during the experiment.

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