Article ID: CBB001510263

Of Germ-Plasm and Zymoplasm: August Weismann, Carlo Emery and the Debate about the Transmission of Acquired Characteristics (2015)


Dröscher, Ariane (Author)

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Volume: 36, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 394-403

Publication Date: 2015
Edition Details: Part of a Series: Crossroads between nature and culture: Papers in honour of Christiane Groeben
Language: English

In this essay I discuss the contents and the context of Italian zoologist and entomologist Carlo Emery's discussion of the germ-plasm theory. August Weismann considered him one of his very few creditable supporters, and encouraged him to publish his theoretical reflections. In his Gedanken zur Descendenz- und Vererbungstheorie, which appeared between 1893 and 1903 as a series of five essays in the journal Biologisches Zentralblatt, Emery developed a very personal account, applying the concept of determinants to problems like atavism, sexual dimorphism, speciation, geographical isolation, transmission of characters, and putting forward, as early as 1903, the idea of a genetic program.

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Article Bernardi, Giorgio; Fantini, Bernardino; Dröscher, Ariane (2015) Crossroads between Nature and Culture: An Introduction. History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (pp. 301-304). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Weissman, Charlotte
Hall, Brian K.
Stamhuis, Ida H.
Castonguay, Stéphane
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Reznick, David N.
Journal of the History of Biology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Canadian Historical Review
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Princeton University Press
MIT Press
Natural selection
Weismann, August
Darwin, Charles Robert
Vries, Hugo Marie de
Galton, Francis
Mayr, Ernst
Bateson, William
United States
Great Britain
Moscow (Russia)
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century

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