The History of Epigenetics and the Science of Social Progress

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) The importance of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and of Lamarckism in the contemporary debates about epigenetics and genetics is difficult to overstate, primarily because one of the most common epithets used against contemporary epigenetics is that it is ‘Lamarckian’, which distinction is deemed sufficient to dismiss any subsequent discussion. As discussed here, such references demonstrate fundamental misunderstandings of … Continue reading The History of Epigenetics and the Science of Social Progress

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Epigenetics: The Next Frontier for Cancer Research

The unique perspective from epigenetics in cancer as compared to the more conventional dichotomy of genes versus the environment are particularly noticeable in the discussions of a recent paper by Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein[2] on the causes of cancer which has already generated a significant amount of controversy