Above the Gene, Beyond Biology : Toward a Philosophy of Epigenetics, Hardback Book

Above the Gene, Beyond Biology : Toward a Philosophy of Epigenetics Hardback


Epigenetics is currently one of the fastest growing fields in the sciences.

Epigenetic information not only controls DNA expression, but links genetic factors with the environmental experiences that influence the traits and characteristics of an individual.

What we eat, where we work, and how we live not only affects the activity of our genes but that of our offspring as well.

This discovery has imposed a revolutionary theoretical shift on modern biology, especially on evolutionary theory.

It has helped to uncover the developmental processes leading to cancer, obesity, schizophrenia, alcoholism, and aging, and to facilitate associated medial applications, such as stem cell therapy and cloning. Above the Gene, Beyond Biology explores how biologists in this booming field investigate and explain living systems.

Jan Baedke offers the first comprehensive philosophical discussion of epigenetic concepts, explanations, and methodologies so that we can better understand this "epigenetic turn" in the life sciences from a philosophical perspective.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages, 31 black & white Illustrations
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
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  • Category: Medical genetics
  • ISBN: 9780822945215



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