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. 2012 Feb;41(1):10-3.
doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr184. Epub 2011 Dec 20.

The Epigenotype. 1942

Classical Article

The Epigenotype. 1942

C H Waddington. Int J Epidemiol. .


The adult characteristics of animals, i.e. their phenotypes, must be studied in order to reach conclusions about the genotypes, i.e. the hereditary constitutions which form the basic subject-matter of genetics. But between genotype and phenotype lies a whole complex of development processes, for which Dr Waddington proposes the name 'epigenotype.' He here describes some of the general characteristics of an epigenotype, with special reference to the fruit-fly Drosophila melanogaster.

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