From epigenesis to epigenetics: the genome in context

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Linda van Speybroeck, Gertrudis van de Vijver, Dani de Waele
New York Academy of Sciences, 2002 - Science - 237 pages
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This volume has the triple aim of highlighting the current status of epigenetics in biology, explicating its resonance with historical viewpoints, and articulating the main epistemological and ontological differences between a (classical) genetic and an epigenetic perspective. To this end, the authors, philosophers and biologists investigate the historical and conceptual links between epigenetics and epigenesis, highlighting the contributions of Aristode, Waddington, Weissman, and others. Moreover, they critically reflect upon the possible relations between genetics and epigenetics, thereby analyzing old and new metaphors used in (epi) genetic discourse, putting to the test standard views and commonly used definitions, and extrapolating their arguments into the domains of evolution and development.

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