Replication and Reproduction

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[Revised entry by John S. Wilkins and Pierrick Bourrat on October 27, 2022.
Changes to: Main text, Bibliography]
The problem of replication and reproduction arises out of the history of genetics [see the entry gene for a historical review]. It is tied to the concept of the gene and its generalization in an evolutionary context [see the entry evolution]. Richard Dawkins introduced the notion of replicators – things that self-replicate – as a universalization of evolutionary…

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