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The Epigenetics Heretic

Science  24 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6169, pp. 361-363
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6169.361

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Summary

Michael Skinner is a polarizing figure in an already contentious area of biology—transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. To some scientists, Skinner is a pioneer whose rat studies have uncovered a new and exciting potential driver of evolution, as well as a troubling route by which one generation's exposure to chemicals could contribute to diseases such as obesity and infertility in their descendants. But others are skeptical.