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Why I Keep Harping on the Dynamic Genome
This week one of my readers, Lauren, suggested that epigenetics is a leftist plot:
The entire concept of epigenetics is being highjacked today for the Left’s eternal propaganda of neo-Lysenkoism — that “Nurture over Nature”, environment and not heredity, is what most significantly determines human qualities.
It’s essential to understand that the “methylome” is NOT — as the Left would like to give us the impression — an alternate kind of biological code created by the environment. It is not a competing genome that can overrule inherited DNA. It’s only a part of the chemical apparatus produced BY the DNA, to operate the cell.
I wouldn’t bother giving Lauren any attention except that her comment really gets under my skin. I