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Above the gene, beyond biology : toward a philosophy of epigenetics

Author: Jan Baedke
Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Epigenetics is currently one of the fastest-growing fields in the sciences. Epigenetic information not only controls DNA expression but links genetic factors with the environmental experiences that influence the traits and characteristics of an individual. What we eat, where we work, and how we live affects not only the activity of our genes but that of our offspring as well. This discovery has imposed a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Baedke
ISBN: 9780822983408 0822983400
OCLC Number: 1037272654
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction. What is epigenetics? --
How epigenetics deals with biological complexity --
Challenges of epigenetics in light of the extended evolutionary synthesis --
Causal explanation --
Mechanistic explanation --
Assessing the explanatory power of epigenetics --
Conclusion. A philosophy of epigenetics.
Responsibility: Jan Baedke.

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Epigenetics is currently one of the fastest-growing fields in the sciences. Epigenetic information not only controls DNA expression but links genetic factors with the environmental experiences that influence the traits and characteristics of an individual. What we eat, where we work, and how we live affects not only the activity of our genes but that of our offspring as well. This discovery has imposed a revolutionary theoretical shift on modern biology, especially on evolutionary theory. It has helped to uncover the developmental processes leading to cancer, obesity, schizophrenia, alcoholism, and aging, and to facilitate associated medial applications such as stem cell therapy and cloning. Above the Gene, Beyond Biology explores how biologists in this booming field investigate and explain living systems. Jan Baedke offers the first comprehensive philosophical discussion of epigenetic concepts, explanations, and methodologies so that we can better understand this "epigenetic turn" in the life sciences from a philosophical perspective.

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Jan Baedke argues convincingly that epigenetics must be part of any explanatory or descriptive account pertaining to issues in biology and philosophy of science. This book is original-it is the first Read more...

 
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