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Are There Really Informational Genes and Developmental Programs?

in Darwinian Reductionism

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226727295
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226727318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.003.0004
Are There Really Informational Genes and Developmental Programs?

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The motivation for seeking a refutation of the claimed uniqueness of the gene in the causation of development is very strong. The details of attempts to refute genetic determinism by undermining genocentric accounts of development resolve themselves into the five questions outlined in Chapter 2, and especially resolve themselves into arguments against the informational role of the gene, and indeed against the very coherence of the notion of the gene altogether. This chapter is devoted to exploring these latter two issues.

Keywords: molecular developmental biology; gene; genetic determinism; development

Chapter.  18837 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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