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Adami's theory

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A no longer tenable theory of the heritability of certain metabolic disorders.

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A no longer tenable theory of the heritability of certain metabolic disorders. Contrary to Weismann’s theory of the non-inheritability of acquired traits, Adami believed that many exogenic intoxications and acquired disturbances of metabolism had a changing effect on the germ cells and were thus heritable. Also Charles Darwin believed that acquired traits were heredited, but this was disproved by the German biologist August Friedrich Leopold Weismann (1834-1914) who is eponymously remembered for Weismannism – the theory that acquired characteristics are not inherited.

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