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Comment 2 by Zeuglodon :

That said, the idea behind Anton’s Syndrome - that people can be "blind" to things that are staring them in the face - has me worried. There might be something I'm not noticing that I really should be. I don't want to get paranoid, but I can't ignore the suggestion now that I've brought it up.

We probably all have our blind spots in that way. But it is how you deal with conflicting information that I think matters. You either blatantly deny anything you hear that conflicts with what you know, or you are open to 'better suggestions'.

Next to that, Anton's syndrome doesn't necessarily have to pan out in a negative way. As in my case I am still hoping that my opinion of myself as being a rather unpleasantly looking gumpypants is wrong and my blind spot is that I am actually quite handsome and charming.

Thu, 31 May 2012 11:35:48 UTC | #944737

Go to: "It is written"

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Waits for one of those long but ridiculously illuminating posts by Cartomancer

But all joking aside, I never thought about this myself, very very interesting though.

Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:49:17 UTC | #936702

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In other news: A rather sadistic and inventive member of this species, also known as Jigsawfish, is wanted for questioning.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:52:21 UTC | #925129

Go to: R-Loops Break Walls Of Gene Silencing

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Yes indeed, epigenetics does bring lamarck to mind. And there are plenty studies that demonstrate that lifestyle and environmental influences do indeed pass on to progeny through epigenetic mechanisms.

In my personal interpretation epigenetic "Lamarckism" for a lack of better word, can account for more acute changes whereas natural selection takes multiple generations to visibly change a population. For example the Dutch hunger winter of 1944 can clearly be found back in the epigenetic code of descendants of people who suffered from in famine. I read somewhere that there are effects on the metabolism in these people. I can't recall where I read this, so I will not vouch for the scientific accuracy of these claims ;-)

Certainly a field I will spend a lot of time reading up on in the coming days. Very very interesting stuff.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 13:48:17 UTC | #925125

Go to: R-Loops Break Walls Of Gene Silencing

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The read more link doesn't seem to work. But I looked up the rest of the article myself.

Very interesting stuff, I had wondered for a long time why CpG islands are generally not methylated. This sounds like a very convincing explanation. Can't wait to read more follow-up publications and the ideas about these results from experts in the field.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 15:24:40 UTC | #924860

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