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Weismann, August Line breaks: Au¦gust Weis|mann
Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪsmən/

Definition of Weismann, August in English:

(1834–1914), German biologist, one of the founders of modern genetics; full name August Friedrich Leopold Weismann. He expounded the theory of germ plasm, which ruled out the transmission of acquired characteristics, and suggested that variability in individuals came from the recombination of chromosomes during reproduction.


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  • Chapter 3 ends this section with an examination of the evolutionary perspective of analysis, including descriptions of Darwinism, Lamarckism, and Weismannism.
  • The correct theory, that acquired characteristics are not inherited, is known as Weismannism,
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  • This resulted in a major row in evolutionary circles in which everyone was forced to consider themselves to be either Weismannists or Lamarckists.
  • William Bateson, former professor of biology at Cambridge, and a confirmed Weismannist, visited Vienna and later made a public attack on Kammerer's theory.
  • According, on the other hand, to extreme Charles-Darwinians and Weismannists, habit, effort and intelligence acquired during the experience of any one life goes for nothing.
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