Country: United States
Date: March 2008
My friends have just had a discussion over genetic
memory. They are stating that a person can remember things about past
events, such as the fact that there were no such things a military war
hammers in medieval times, where I say that remembering such a specific
thing through genetic memory is quite impossible. Can you please help
There is no such thing as genetic memory! The idea that memory can be
encoded in DNA is preposterous!
Ron Baker, Ph.D.
Genetic memory in humans is ridiculous. However, just to set the record
straight, at least one species of bacteria has demonstrated the ability
to change its DNA and pass this change on so its offspring can survive in
certain environments. Technically, this is Lamarckian!
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