This 2019 Harvard review entitled “Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance: from phenomena to molecular mechanisms” DETRACTED from science. Readers would become less-informed on the subject due to poorly-researched statements such as:
“Non-Mendelian inheritance, termed transgenerational epigenetic inheritance,”
which wasn’t an adequate definition of the transgenerational epigenetic inheritance term.
Contributing to the paper’s misdirection was the omission of Dr. Michael Skinner from any of the 349 cited references. Hard to believe that ignoring his research wasn’t intentional, since a PubMed “transgenerational” search sorted by Best Match displayed Dr. Skinner as author or coauthor in 3 of the first 20 results:
- Endocrine disruptors in 2015: Epigenetic transgenerational inheritance;
- Environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease; and
- Epigenetic transgenerational actions of endocrine disruptors and male fertility.
The abstract asserted:
“How this epigenetic information escapes the typical epigenetic erasure that occurs upon fertilization and how it regulates behavior is still unclear.”
However, Another important transgenerational epigenetic inheritance study – published well before the current paper – was one of Dr. Skinner’s Washington State University lab studies that CLEARLY demonstrated contrary evidence.
Who benefits from hijacking a scientific term and ignoring groundbreaking research?
Why did the two editors approve for publication a paper with obvious omissions and egregious errors? Because..Harvard?
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0959438818302204 “Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance: from phenomena to molecular mechanisms” (not freely available)