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If such examples exist, by what mechanisms can acquired traits become heritable?
Furthermore, these useful, acquired traits, such as new technologies, are produced by thoughtful human effort during life, not by random variation and culling by death.
In postmortem studies, researchers found that a small minority of implanted cells in three patients had acquired traits associated with the disease.
Luckless biologist Jean Baptist Lamarck not only goofed when he proposed a theory of acquired traits but managed to churn out a 1794 chemistry text that was seriously outmoded, even by 1794 standards.
In this way, Balzac develops a kind of "determinisme social" (203) that depends on acquired traits rather than only on innate qualities.
When a President starts appointing scientists as he does campaign staffers, we risk an era of Lysenkoism in America--when Soviet citizens were told (among other things) that acquired traits can be inherited.
To account for those women whose actions exceeded accepted behavior for the female sex, Clover argues that gender constituted an open system of "acquired traits [masculine and feminine]" (370) based "to an extraordinary extent on winnable and losable attributes" (379) accessible to both men and women.
Clearly, values and ethics associated with integrity interact with ability, experience, and other acquired traits to determine how candidates behave and how they can be expected to perform in the future.