Genes and DNA do nothing by themselves. All ‘genetic’ activity is in fact the activity of the larger cell, which decides how to make use of its genes. And the cell in turn is caught up in the activity of the whole organism.
Source: All Genetics Is Epigenetics
Talbott: Not that the gene sequences are themselves mutated in the usual sense. Rather, the researchers found that various epigenetic modifications in the hippocampus alter the way the genes work (Weaver et al. 2004).
Well, if genetics isn’t that important, what is heredity? Maybe epigenetics and horizontal gene transfer also shape the lives we live and live among. So then Darwinism is right but unimportant. It explains some things, not most things.
To the extent that epigenetics casts doubt on simplistic Darwinian or other schemes of evolution, its main role may be that of “spoiler.” Source: Epigenetic Change: Lamarck, Wake Up, Yo…