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[Xmca-l] Re: Scientists find that memories may be passed through DNA



What a great suggestion to read Waddington, Huw. He is/was a really
interesting developmental theorist.
He especially endeared me when he wrote that "A new level of development is
in fact nothing more than a new relevant context." The attached paper I
found online so I assume its ok to send along to any who wish to follow
up.


Such findings sure complicate our notions of epigenesis in interesting ways.
mike


On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Huw Lloyd <huw.softdesigns@gmail.com>wrote:

> The systems dimension that I am exploring in relation to CHAT (genetic
> domains, functional systems) is basically in support of this sort of thing.
>
> I'd suggest looking at Waddington's papers on his experiments with genetic
> assimilation (assimilation and accommodation are the typical terms) if
> you're interested in "how" this may come about.
>
> Best,
> Huw
>
>
> On 5 January 2014 17:48, Jenna McWilliams <jennamcjenna@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I wonder if any xmca'ers have thoughts on this interesting piece of
> > research about inheritability of memories. Here's a snippet, with the
> link
> > to the full article below.
> >
> > New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has
> > shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited
> biologically
> > through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned
> > that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or
> stressful
> > experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to
> > subsequent generations.
> >
> >
> >
> http://www.sciencegymnasium.com/2014/01/scientists-have-found-that-memories-may.html
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Jenna McWilliams
> > Cultural-Historical Research SIG Communications Chair
> > Learning Sciences Program, Indiana University
> >
> > ~
> > jenmcwil@indiana.edu
> > jennamcjenna@gmail.com
> >
> >
> >
> >
>