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Darwin-L Message Log 1:122 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<1:122>From LUKEMATT@macc.wisc.edu  Tue Sep 14 18:46:59 1993

Date: Tue, 14 Sep 93 18:47 CDT
From: J. Luke Matthews <LUKEMATT@macc.wisc.edu>
Subject: Re: Lamarkianism in linguistic change
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

Jeremy,
  you have misattributed someone else's comments to me (me being J. Luke
Matthews)...but be that as it may, let me ask the collective consciousness
here, how does the transmission of extranuclear DNA (in the form of replicons,
transposons, plasmids, etc) affect thinking about the transmission of acquired
characteristics? True enough, your run-of-the-mill Joe Shmoe E. coli may not
INTEND to acquire penicillin resistance, (so it may not be Lamarckian) but it
doesn't have to sit around waiting for its nucleotide sequence to change.

Luke Matthews

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