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Postby Schröder » Sat Dec 23, 2006 11:00 pm

Is it true that there a people in the scientific community who are actually considering the Use and Disuse proposal that Lamarck came up with some time ago?
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Postby Darby » Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:19 am

I know that inheritance of acquired characteristics can easily be applied to epigenetic / memetic features, and "getting what you need" seems to be reflected in how mutations occur in stressed bacteria (there's something we don't understand going on there), but for Use and Disuse, there are adaptive processes that sort of reflect the basic concept - such as rear legs in ancestral whales. Is there another example, or a more classic application, being discussed?
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