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In the February 2007 issue of The American Biology Teacher, Stern and Ben-Aktva "outline a lesson plan that is designed to challenge one commonly held naive idea, namely the inheritance of acquired traits.
Furthermore, these useful, acquired traits, such as new technologies, are produced by thoughtful human effort during life, not by random variation and culling by death.
Clearly, values and ethics associated with integrity interact with ability, experience, and other acquired traits to determine how candidates behave and how they can be expected to perform in the future.
Today, Bashaw and other scientists are closer to turning apomixis from a little-known reproductive mechanism into a new tool for developing improved plant varieties that retain acquired traits indefinitely.
Naturalists as far back as Jean Baptiste de Lamarck and even Aristotle have associated environmental changes with the inheritance of acquired traits.