Darwin-L Message Log 6:56 (February 1994)

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<6:56>From phlkcs@gsusgi2.gsu.edu  Fri Feb 11 08:27:44 1994

Date: Fri, 11 Feb 1994 09:23:51 -0500 (EST)
From: "Kelly C. Smith" <phlkcs@gsusgi2.gsu.edu>
Subject: Re: extragenetic inheritance
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

On Thu, 10 Feb 1994 FBIO2024@ALTAIR.SELU.EDU wrote:

> On the track of Lysenko, Lamark, and extragenetic inheritance. I would say
> that any heritable trait whose origin is extranucleic or perhaps even
> epinucleic would fit the bill of extragenetic inheritance.

OK, but precisely what constitutes an "extragenetic origin"??

> I am assuming that extragenetic is equivalent to extragenomic.

Well, there is one sense in which that is true - people typically mean
_genomic_ when they say genetic and the transmission of cytoplasmic genes
is importantly different from that of nuclear genes.  Still, if we are
interested in freeing developmental biology from the grip of
gene-centrism, it doesn't seem to help much to point out that there are
genes all over the cell that are important....

Biologists of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your genes!

Comrade Kelly

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