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A project by Stephen L. Talbott

The organism manages its own germline (3)

The organism’s replication and transshipment of its dna, in other words, is not merely a replication and transshipment of DNA. That activity is caught up within, and inseparable from, the coordinated, goal-directed processes we see at work throughout the rest of the developing organism. Researchers are now uncovering ever more evidence for communication between somatic cells and germline cells, including communication with powerful implications for inheritance. “This is a problem”, write molecular biologists Shan Gao and Yifan Liu of the University of Michigan, “that needs to be fully explored due to its potentially huge implications in biology”. They wonder aloud what conclusions Lamarck and Darwin would have drawn “had they known about all of the messages being passed between the germline and soma”.

The independence of the germline from the rest of the organism that we spoke about above — the independence supposedly rendering the wisdom and experience of the body as a whole irrelevant to inheritance — is an illusion. The illusion was encouraged by a misplaced emphasis on the inheritance of things or discrete traits rather than the dynamic potentials of an overall activity from which no cell, tissue, or organ can be insulated.

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