Biological embedding is epigenetic tweaking
October 14, 2012 | James Kohl
In a series of articles on the influence of stress on the brain and behavior, “biological embedding” is the term now substituted for the epigenetic effects of nutrient chemicals and pheromones on adaptive evolution via ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction.
The new term best illustrates that the molecular mechanisms of biological embedding are olfactory/pheromonal in species from microbes to man, which is what I detailed in: Kohl, J.V. (2012) Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors. Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology, 2: 17338.