On this day in 1865…

Gregor Mendel presents his research results from his work on peas to the Nature Research Society of Brünn, initiating the modern genetics research program. In this presentation, Mendel introduces the concepts of dominant and recessive hereditary “factors.” Mendel also proposes two laws of heredity to explain his results, the Law of Segregation (that organisms inherit … Continue reading On this day in 1865…

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Epigenetics and Ideology

by Shea Robison (@EpigeneticsGuy) In a previous paper I discuss at length the more immediate practical political implications of epigenetics via its impact on the two dominant causal narratives in obesity policy: the salience of individual responsibility versus the influence of environmental or institutional factors. In particular I detail how epigenetics complicates the alleged opposition of these two narratives by incorporating … Continue reading Epigenetics and Ideology