How do living organisms transmit their characteristics to the next generation?
The textbook answer is: by passing on their DNA, which encodes all heritable traits. In recent years, however, biologists have discovered that this is not the whole story. Evidence is accumulating that environmental influences during the lifetime of an individual, such as nutrition or stress, can influence the phenotype of their progeny across several generations. This phenomenon reminds us of the concept of ‘inheritance of acquired characters’, already formulated in 1809 by the French naturalist Jean Baptiste de Lamarck in his Philosophie Zoologique. Lamarck’s ideas have often met with skepticism, but recent developments in molecular genetics, such as epi-genetics, have inspired a re-evaluation of his legacy. Indeed, we seem to witness a renaissance of Lamarckian thought.
In this project, we aim explore the Lamarckian nature of recent discoveries in the transmission of inherited traits, and the evolution of biological complexity. In this way, we aim to evaluate what modern biology can, or cannot, learn from the original ideas of Lamarck, and whether or not the works of Lamarck offer lessons that change the way we think about evolution. This project will contribute to that debate by bringing together the disciplines of evolutionary biology, and the history of science and philosophy.
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Postdoc Position, Universität zu Köln, CECAD, Germany, 24 days ago
POSTDOC POSITION AVAILABLE Institute for Genome Stability in Ageing and Disease CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Aging Research, University of Cologne http://schumacher.cecad-labs.uni-koeln.de Insti...
Ph D In Health Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium, 24 days ago
PhD POSITION: Implementing nanobody technology for targeting recurrent mutations underlying autosomal dominant inherited retinal diseases in cellular models Background : Inherited retinal diseases...
Postdoctoral Position – Unraveling The Non Canonical Functions Of Aminoacyl T Rna Synthetases And Their Connection To Charcot Marie Tooth Neuropathies , University of Antwerp, Belgium, about 14 hours ago
Department : Department of Biomedical Sciences Regime : Full-time Postdoctoral Position – Unraveling the non-canonical functions of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases and their connection to Charcot-Marie...
Postdoctoral Position Rna And Autophagy, Danish Cancer Society, Denmark, 9 days ago
<p><strong>A postdoc position is open in the <em>RNA and Autophagy</em> group at the Danish Cancer Society Research Center</strong></p> <p>We are looking for a highly motivated postdoc to join us ...
Ph D Position Dynamic Semantics Specification, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, 1 day ago
Project Problem Outline There is a lack of frameworks and tools that aid language designers in defining and implementing languages in a way that strikes a balance between: Declarativity: allowing ...
Post Doctoral Fellowship Em Meteorology, FAPESP - São Paulo Research Foundation, Brazil, 14 days ago
The 500 km long Serra da Mantiqueira range in south-eastern Brazil creates very favorable conditions for the formation of massive cumulonimbus clouds that produce rainstorms, hail and lightning. T...