Inspired by a Paul Krugman blog post on the institutional loss of knowledge in economics, Mike the Mad Biologist wonders what is being left out in biology courses. He comes up with the neutralist/selectionist debate on genes, the norms of reaction and phenotypic plasticity, and how heritability estimates are environment-dependent.

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