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Some Problems with Genetic Horoscopes

  title={Some Problems with Genetic Horoscopes},
  author={Eva Jablonka},
The Charms and Perils of Genetic Astrology The view that dominated biological thought in general, and evolutionary biology in particular, from the 1940s until the beginning of the 21 st century, was focused on the gene. Development was seen as the product of genes’ action, and ecology as the context for the natural selection of genes. This view was well reflected in textbooks of evolutionary biology and in popular books like the Selfish Gene. The dominance of the gene and its material… 

The Significance of an Enhanced Concept of the Organism for Medicine

  • B. Rosslenbroich
  • Biology
    Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM
  • 2016
An integrative systems concept is proposed that describes the organism as a multilevel, highly flexible, adaptable, and, in this sense, autonomous basis for a human individual.



Evolution in four dimensions: Genetic, epigenetic, behavioral, and symbolic variation in the history of life

In Evolution in four dimensions: genetic, epigenetic, behavioral, and symbolic variation in the history of life, Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb make a concerted effort to expand on evolutionary theory with clear, succinct, thoroughly signposted, and with ample summaries and reviews of difficult areas.

Genome-wide transcriptional plasticity underlies cellular adaptation to novel challenge

It is shown here that a global transcriptional reprogramming (>1200 genes) underlies the adaptation of cells to novel challenges and a large fraction of the responding genes is nonreproducible in repeated experiments.

Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance: Prevalence, Mechanisms, and Implications for the Study of Heredity and Evolution

The analysis of data shows that epigenetic inheritance is ubiquitous and suggests lines of research that go beyond present approaches to the subject, as well as pointing to the importance of recognizing and understanding epigenetics for practical and theoretical issues in biology.

Animal Traditions: Behavioural Inheritance in Evolution

The origins and persistence of group legacies and Darwin meets Lamarck - the co-evolution of genes and learning are studied.

Phenotypic variation in bacteria: the role of feedback regulation

The ubiquity of these processes throughout nature, as well as the presumed molecular mechanisms responsible for the heterogeneity observed in a selection of bacterial species are discussed.

RNA meets chromatin.

The implications for noncoding RNAs and the formation of specialized chromatin domains in various epigenetic processes as diverse as dosage compensation, RNA interference-mediated heterochromatin assembly and gene silencing, and programmed DNA elimination are discussed.

Prion genetics: new rules for a new kind of gene.

Although prions can be detrimental, they may also be beneficial to their hosts, and, like other infectious elements, show species barriers to transmission.

Ecological Developmental Biology: Integrating Epigenetics, Medicine, And Evolution

The Environment as a Normal Agent in Producing Phenotypes and How Agents in the Environment Effect Molecular Changes in Development Developmental Symbiosis: Co-Development as a Strategy for Life Embryonic Defenses: Survival in a Hostile World.

Epigenetic differences arise during the lifetime of monozygotic twins.

Older monozygous twins exhibited remarkable differences in their overall content and genomic distribution of 5-methylcytosine DNA and histone acetylation, affecting their gene-expression portrait, indicating how an appreciation of epigenetics is missing from the understanding of how different phenotypes can be originated from the same genotype.