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Darwinian ReductionismOr, How to Stop Worrying and Love Molecular Biology$
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Alexander Rosenberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226727295

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226727318.001.0001

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Are There Really Informational Genes and Developmental Programs?

Are There Really Informational Genes and Developmental Programs?

(p.94) 3 Are There Really Informational Genes and Developmental Programs?
Darwinian Reductionism
University of Chicago Press

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

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