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Plastic ReasonAn Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms$
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Tobias Rees

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288126

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288126.001.0001

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Plastic Reason
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Tobias Rees

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288126.003.0003

Let’s begin in 1948. That year Sien-chiue Yu, a graduate student in genetics at Caltech, found a fruit fly mutant whose antennas had been replaced by legs. Aptly, he called the mutation Antennapedia.1

Yu’s supervisor, Edward “Ed” Lewis, was an expert in fruit fly mutations, specifically those in which one body part appears in place of another, structurally similar one....

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