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    Epigenetics at Work
    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    2:30-4:30 pm.

    Jean-Baptiste Lamarck might today say, echoing the words of Mark Twain, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Lamarck’s theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics, once derided as “soft inheritance,” has been revived through the field of epigenetics: the study of alterations in gene expression or phenotype caused by mechanisms other than primary alterations in nucleotide sequence, and through transgenerational epigenetics, the study of the inheritability of such effects. How does this recast the “nature versus nurture” debate in the language of multifactorial inheritance, epistatic interaction, and transcriptomics? How might the manifestation of human behaviors, physical traits, and diseases be seen, perforce, with new eyes?

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