A Tale of Two Fields: Epigenetics and Biology Between the Wars

This divergence between embryology and genetics appears to have occurred for  legitimate scientific reasons, but also as “a struggle for power and authority.” These disciplinary differences coincided with the eventual sides taken in the Second World War. That genetics ultimately emerged as the hegemonic victor in science just as the U.S. emerged as the global hegemon after the war, is not merely coincidental.

Alfred Russel Wallace, Ideology, and Evolution

One specific and particularly intriguing example of these differences in the content of the natural science of the 1800s due to social class and ideological inclination is the contrast in the description of natural selection by Alfred Russel Wallace with natural selection as described by Darwin.

Lamarck’s Actual Lamarckism (or How Contemporary Epigenetics is not Lamarckian)

While there are aspects of Lamarckism and contemporary epigenetics which do pertain to each other, there are substantial differences between them. Contemporary epigenetics is also not inconsistent with Darwinian natural selection, and is properly a subset of conventional genetics. Thus, the guilt-by-association intended by this association of epigenetics with Lamarckism is both misleading and not an accurate description of either.

Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Politics

Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Politics  (April 2018). Read excerpts here. "This book comprehensively considers the political implications of the emerging science of epigenetics in specific policy domains, addressing the intersections of epigenetics with cancer, obesity, the environment, and the law. Author Shea Robison carefully navigates the messy history of genetics … Continue reading Epigenetics and Public Policy: The Tangled Web of Science and Politics

A Busy Couple of Days on The Nexus of Epigenetics

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) 11 AM-ish Three hours later... And three hours after that... And now towards the end of the day: It has been an unbelievable day on this blog. My intention for beginning the Nexus of Epigenetics was to just have my epigenetics-related work posted in an accessible way to help me during job … Continue reading A Busy Couple of Days on The Nexus of Epigenetics