The genome in its ecological context: philosophical perspectives on interspecies epigenesis.

@article{Gilbert2002TheGI,
  title={The genome in its ecological context: philosophical perspectives on interspecies epigenesis.},
  author={Scott F. Gilbert},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  year={2002},
  volume={981},
  pages={202-18}
}
Epigenesis concerns the interactions through which the inherited potentials of the genome become actualized into an adult organism. In addition to epigenetic interactions occurring within the developing embryo, there are also critical epigenetic interactions occurring between the embryo and its environment. These interactions can determine the sex of the embryo, increase its fitness, or even be involved in the formation of particular organs. This essay will outline the history of environmental… CONTINUE READING