The Lamarckian chicken and the Darwinian egg
Yitzhak Pilpel 1 and Oded Rechavi 2
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1 Department of Molecular genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot 76100, Israel
2 Department of Neurobiology, Wise Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel
Biology Direct 2015, 10:34 doi:10.1186/s13062-015-0062-9
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Received: 29 March 2015 Accepted: 22 June 2015 Published: 1 July 2015
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“Which came first, the Chicken or the Egg?” We suggest this question is not a paradox. The Modern Synthesis envisions speciation through genetic changes in germ cells via random mutations, an “Egg first” scenario, but perhaps epigenetic inheritance mechanisms can transmit adaptive changes initiated in the soma (“Chicken first”).
The article was reviewed by Dr. Eugene Koonin, Dr. Itai Yanai, Dr. Laura Landweber.
Keywords: Evolution; Darwinian Evolution; Lamarckian Evolution; Modern Synthesis; Weismann Barrier; Epigenetic Inheritance; Transgenerational RNA Interference
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