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Eva Jablonka

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Eva Jablonka is a geneticist known for her work in epigenetic inheritance.

Born in 1952 in Poland, she emigrated to Israel in 1957. She is a professor at the Cohn Institute for the History of Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University.[1] Jablonka has called for an extended evolutionary synthesis.

She has written two books with Marion Lamb Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolution: the Lamarckian Dimension (1995) and Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life (2005).

In her paper Soft inheritance: challenging the modern synthesis (2008) she came to the conclusion that epigenetic Lamarckian and saltational processes have a role in evolution and neo-Darwinism does not offer a satisfactory theoretical framework for evolutionary biology as it does not acknowledge the evidence for these evolutionary processes.[2] Jablonka accepts natural selection and is not an anti-Darwinist; rather, she believes both Darwinian and Lamarckian evolutionary mechanisms have a place in evolution to be incorporated into an extended evolutionary synthesis.

Publications[edit]

  • Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb. (1995). Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolution: the Lamarckian Dimension.
  • Eva Jablonka and Marion J. Lamb. (2005). Evolution in Four Dimensions: Genetic, Epigenetic, Behavioral, and Symbolic Variation in the History of Life.

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References[edit]

  1. Eva Jablonka, Cohn Institute
  2. Jablonka, Eva and Lamb, Marion. (2008). Soft inheritance: challenging the modern synthesis. Genet. Mol. Biol. vol. 31, n.2. pp. 389-395