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Propagate

Definition

verb

(1) To cause an organism to reproduce or breed, especially by natural means.

(2) To transmit or spread (e.g. hereditary characteristic) from one generation to another.

(3) To disseminate or cause to move in some direction, as nerve impulse.

(4) (botany) To produce seedlings by germinating seeds, growing cuttings or by using methods to encourage plant reproduction and growth.


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Word origin: Latin propāgātus from propāgāre (to reproduce, e.g. a plant)
Related forms: propagation


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Thinking in terms of evolution

... has preserved thousands, who from a weak constitution would formerly have succumbed to small-pox. Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man. ...

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by Luxorien
Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Thinking in terms of evolution
Replies: 4
Views: 2164

The Selfish Gene

... want anything. What Dawkins describes in that book is a chain of cause and effect. Genes that have certain characteristics are more likely to propagate than other genes without those characteristics. It's the same process you see at the population level; he's just pointing out that it can ...

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by Luxorien
Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:50 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Selfish Gene
Replies: 2
Views: 1936

Love is an illusion?

... Arthur Schopenhauer and he believed so. Many of us seem to think of love as selfless and giving, but is it truly? Is the only purpose of love to propagate the survival of the species/genes? And if that is so should we devalue love? I am fond of love, however I acknowledge that it has biological ...

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by NathanCroftonBond
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:30 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Love is an illusion?
Replies: 1
Views: 900

The Selfish Gene

... have. But a gene is not a live, is it? It is not the cell itself. I don't know if I am just stupid, but why does the gene want to continue to propagate? I need some educating.

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by NathanCroftonBond
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:07 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: The Selfish Gene
Replies: 2
Views: 1936

Beneficial mutations vs harmful

... change: its benefit/harm is always judged against its environment, which then determines what kind of chances that new genetic element has to propagate or die off. In a static environment few mutations stand a chance to do well since organisms living there are already rather well optimized, ...

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by biohazard
Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Beneficial mutations vs harmful
Replies: 12
Views: 7809
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