PhD project: epigenetics and inheritance of acquired characters; the legacy of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in regard to modern evolutionary biology and epigenetics.
Shortly put, this project is the study of the past and the present of biology. I am looking back at the work of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, a French zoologist from the 19th century. His theory was that an organism can acquire a new trait, in its lifetime, and pass it on to the next generation. At the time, the theory was dismissed. But recent findings in molecular biology and epigenetics suggest it was, maybe, not so wrong. And this has become a big debate in biology. So I am to re-evaluate Lamarck's ideas, and test whether there is a truth in it, after all.
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