Mutationism, not Lamarckism, captures the novelty of CRISPR–Cas

Biology and Philosophy 34 (1):12 (2019)

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W. Doolittle
Dalhousie University
Stephen Andrew Inkpen
Harvard University
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Koonin, in an article in this issue, claims that CRISPR–Cas systems are mechanisms for the inheritance of acquired adaptive characteristics, and that the operation of such systems comprises a “Lamarckian mode of evolution.” We argue that viewing the CRISPR–Cas mechanism as facilitating a form of “directed mutation” more accurately represents how the system behaves and the history of neoDarwinian thinking, and is to be preferred.
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