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How nature might influence nurture

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The conventional paradigm is that the properties of an organism are determined by its DNA sequence. Organisms with identical DNA will be identical and those with different DNA will grow differently or they will not respond in the same way to external stimuli. However there is also evidence for another layer to heritability in which changes are not associated with alteration of DNA sequence – they are “epigenetic” rather than genetic. I will describe epigenetics in plants and how recent progress is affecting our understanding of the biology and evolution of both plants and animals.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Science Society talks series.

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