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4, we conclude with some implications for evolutionary 1 The idea that gene-centrism should be distinguished from genetic determinism and reductionism has already been put forward by one of us (Tanghe 2013) and even goes back to Dawkins (1982). e. g. Pigliucci and Müller 2010; Noble et al. 2014; Laland et al. 2014). 2 Conceptual and Historical Background of the Controversy A number of biological research disciplines, such as classical, population, molecular and developmental genetics, are gene-centred in the sense that their conceptual and methodological research framework is centred on the concept of the gene.

2, we further sketch the conceptual and historical background of the controversy. In Sect. 3, we demonstrate how the present state of knowledge in biology vindicates both life’s holistically complex and gene-centred nature, but at the same time falsifies extreme genetic ‘determinism’ and ‘reductionism’ (according to which biochemical, cellular and organismal organization are quasiexhaustively determined by and reducible to genetic sequence information)1 as well as extreme ‘gene-de-centrism’ (according to which genes are quasi-entirely ‘de-centralized’ and/or ‘relativized’ within the complex biochemical and developmental dynamics of cells and organisms).

Taken together, this suggests that this QTL is explained by a cis-acting regulatory variant acting on pax3a expression. It also demonstrates the power of combining QTL mapping with population genomics and gene expression for gene identification. 9 Sexual Ornaments in Drosophila The fruit flies Drosophila spp. are genetic model organisms par excellence but also have sophisticated systems of mate choice. Studies on Drosophila highlight the importance of integrating multiple ornamental traits for an understanding of how 28 M.

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