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Genetics and the control of evolution

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 December 2007


C. Loring Brace
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Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1079 Curator of Biological Anthropology, University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1079. clbrace@umich.edu
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This book presents a survey of the molecular basis for the genetic control of living organisms and their evolution. The authors consider four dimensions of control over what shapes life forms: genetic, epigenetic, behavioral, and symbolic/cultural. They pay particular attention to the epigenetic realm, and they defend a view recognizing the genetic incorporation of acquired characteristics – a neo-Lamarckian tack.


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