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Extended Heredity : A New Understanding of Inheritance and Evolution - Russell Bonduriansky

Extended Heredity

A New Understanding of Inheritance and Evolution

Hardcover Published: 10th April 2018
ISBN: 9780691157672
Number Of Pages: 280

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How genes are not the only  basis of heredity'and what this means for evolution, human life, and disease For much of the twentieth century it was assumed that genes alone mediate the transmission of biological information across generations and provide the raw material for natural selection. In Extended Heredity, leading evolutionary biologists Russell Bonduriansky and Troy Day challenge this premise. Drawing on the latest research, they demonstrate that what happens during our lifetimes - and even our grandparents' and great-grandparents' lifetimes'can influence the features of our descendants. On the basis of these discoveries, Bonduriansky and Day develop an extended concept of heredity that upends ideas about how traits can and cannot be transmitted across generations. By examining the history of the gene-centered view in modern biology and reassessing fundamental tenets of evolutionary theory, Bonduriansky and Day show that nongenetic inheritance'involving epigenetic, environmental, behavioral, and cultural factors'could play an important role in evolution. The discovery of nongenetic inheritance therefore has major implications for key questions in evolutionary biology, as well as human health. Extended Heredity reappraises long-held ideas and opens the door to a new understanding of inheritance and evolution.   

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"Extended Heredity (EH) has posed a challenge for twentieth and early twenty-first century 'normal' evolutionary biology, but the accumulation of models and experi-mental evidence for it obliges us to acknowledge its importance. This book . . . aims at making space for EH by systematizing its potential for explanation and prediction . . . this volume offers a particularly valuable state of the art of the literature on this important topic"---Gaelle Pontarotti; Arantza Etxeberria, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
"The most compelling and accessible account of this topic to date."---Kevin Laland, Science
"Bonduriansky & Day have written a book of great clarity, and have done so with great care. Whether you are open to the idea of non-genetic inheritance or not, this thought provoking book deserves a close reading." * Inquisitive Biologist *
"Extended Heredity [shows] how far the mainstream has shifted to include epigenetic forces alongside genes as drivers of who and what we are."---Liz Else and Simon Ings, New Scientist

Preface ix

1 How to Construct an Organism 1

2 Heredity from First Principles 8

3 The Triumph of the Gene 24

4 Monsters, Worms, and Rats 51

5 The Nongenetic Inheritance Spectrum 69

6 Evolution with Extended Heredity 102

7 Why Extended Heredity Matters 115

8 Apples and Oranges? 137

9 A New Perspective on Old Questions 158

10 Extended Heredity in Human Life 192

Acknowledgments 221

Notes 223

Bibliography 255

Index 281

ISBN: 9780691157672
ISBN-10: 0691157677
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 10th April 2018
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1

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