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If We’re Not Careful, Epigenetics May Bring Back Eugenic Thinking

March 16, 2016

(The Conversation) – Despite big research efforts, there are still uncertainties about the exact nature of epigenetic effects. This is especially true when it involves claims that changes to genes persist for generations. For that reason, epigenetics remains a controversial science, although progress is being made rapidly. However, despite these uncertainties, the wider implications are often taken for granted. Epigenetics is generally considered to be a basis for a better, more progressive, liberal and inclusive social policy. If the environment is much more important than we thought in shaping our fate, there seems to be much more space to attack inequality at its root.

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