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  • Extended Heredity: A New Understanding of Inheritance and Evolution
    Russell Bonduriansky and Troy Day

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    A pair of evolutionary biologists takes a closer look at nongenetic inheritance

    In the 19th century, August Weismann severed the tails of mice, observed no reduction in tail length among their offspring, and declared Lamarckian inheritance refuted. Had he instead removed “teeth” from the amoeba Difflugia corona, he would have found reliable inheritance of the disfigurement. The amoeba experiment was conducted by Herbert Jennings in 1937, but… Read More
  • She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity
    Carl Zimmer

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    A fascinating history of heredity research reveals the field’s highs and lows

    With hundreds of ancient human genome sequences at our fingertips and millions of contemporary samples provided by customers of consumer genetics companies, now—more than ever before—we are able to discover, decipher, and interpret mixing, migration events, and genetic variants in human populations. Into this zeitgeist enters Carl Zimmer’s most enjoyable new book, She Has Her… Read More