Category: Pseudo-Science


Lamarckian Inheritance: Passing what you have learned to your children

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you have probably figured out that I came to the science of aging through evolutionary biology, and that I believe evolutionary thinking is a key to understanding what aging is and how it can be addressed. So without further ado, I introduce a column that is central to how evolution works, but peripheral to the science of aging.


Trofim Lysenko, Soviet Ideology, and Pseudo-Science

Trofim Lysenko was born of a peasant family from the Ukraine in 1898. He attended the Kiev Agricultural Institute and was trained as an agronomist. In 1927 he studied the effects of low temperatures on crop plant growth and development, and claimed that this treatment (called “vernalization”) increased crop yields and became an inherited trait in the treated plants.

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