Can acquired knowledge be passed on in DNA?

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Can acquired knowledge be passed on in DNA?
« on: 16/07/2010 11:31:13 »
The traditional answer is no - your kids cannot inherit your acquired knowledge.
I have read recenty that an individual's DNA changes over the years. This suggests acquired memories can be passed on.
Does any serious scientist consider that is possible?
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Can acquired knowledge be passed on in DNA?
« Reply #1 on: 16/07/2010 21:27:37 »
Thanks for the interesting question. This is actually a topic that we examined in some detail in a recent Question of the Week.

Here's the link:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=31931.0

Chris
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