Weismann Rules! OK? Epigenetics and the Lamarckian temptation

  title={Weismann Rules! OK? Epigenetics and the Lamarckian temptation},
  author={David Haig},
  journal={Biology \& Philosophy},
  • D. Haig
  • Published 7 May 2007
  • Biology
  • Biology & Philosophy
August Weismann rejected the inheritance of acquired characters on the grounds that changes to the soma cannot produce the kind of changes to the germ-plasm that would result in the altered character being transmitted to subsequent generations. His intended distinction, between germ-plasm and soma, was closer to the modern distinction between genotype and phenotype than to the modern distinction between germ cells and somatic cells. Recently, systems of epigenetic inheritance have been claimed… 
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