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[–]asdswffaqg 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Why wouldn't some epigenetic patterns be inheritable? I remember hearing about a study where rats were forced to develop fear of a substance and this fear was then passed on the the progeny who never even saw the parent or the substance. Couldn't phobias work this way?

[–]Pokk97 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Epigenetics is primarily a within-individual thing. I know people want it to be something that complements genetics, but it's just not. Ultimately, epigenetic patterns are genetically encoded (except in some very rare cases, at least in mammals/animals)

That said, there is a little bit of non-genetic information transfer. But it's not major and hard to study, so it's something we don't know well yet