August Weismann on Germ-Plasm Variation

@article{Winther2001AugustWO,
  title={August Weismann on Germ-Plasm Variation},
  author={Rasmus Gr{\o}nfeldt Winther},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={2001},
  volume={34},
  pages={517-555}
}
  • R. Winther
  • Published 2001
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Biology
August Weismann is famous for having argued against the inheritance of acquired characters. However, an analysis of his work indicates that Weismann always held that changes in external conditions, acting during development, were the necessary causes of variation in the hereditary material. For much of his career he held that acquired germ-plasm variation was inherited. An irony, which is in tension with much of the standard twentieth-century history of biology, thus exists – Weismann was not a… Expand

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