Friday, April 9, 2010
Coyne's book is focused on explaining and proving what has been the accepted theory of evolution for more than a 100 years. Yet recent research has uncovered a kind of second genetic code in the form of epigenetics. Epigenetics, while not an actual genetic code, codes for the expression of genes in DNA. The interesting part of Epigenetics is that your epigenome can be altered within in a time span as short as one generation. In your opinion is the theory of evolution altered when viewed in the context of this new "genetic code"? Is it possible that we must write a new revised version of the evolutionary theory as more research is done in this area, or does the discovery of epigenetics simply clarify the workings of the body and either not effect or strengthen the argument of evolution?