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Heredity - Telegony Versus Genetics

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Modern Genetics

The origin of genetics lies in the development of the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin midway the 19th century. However, he did not know which role genes played in this phenomenon.

Around the same period, Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk, conducted extensive experiments on heredity and genetics of plant. He described the unit of heredity as a particle that is not changed and passed on to progeny. His work is even today the basis for understanding the principles of genetics. Therefore Gregor Mendel is known as the father of Genetics.

Other mile stones:

  • 1866 - Ernst Haeckel: The carriers of heredity were located in the core.
  • 1871 - Friedrich Miescher: The material in the core was a nucleic acid.
  • 1902 - Walter Sutton and Theodor Boveri: The genetic material resides in chromosomes.
  • 1909 - Nilsson-Ehle: Theory of quantitative traits and quantitative genetics.
  • 1944 - Avery, MacLeod, McCarty: Definitive evidence that DNA is the genetic material.
  • 2001 - The human genome sequence is published.
The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of the zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century.

The Quagga is an extinct subspecies of the zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century.


Some refer to Telegony as an infection of the germ.

Stock-breeders unanimously hold belief that the male of the first coitus influences the color, structure, and disposition of the young born to a female. This stance is so persistent that an accidental contamination of a purebred female by an inferior male of inferior blood makes her permanently unusable for further breeding purposes.

Unchallengeable is the famous experiment of Lord Morton in 1821, in which a nearly full-blooded Arabian mare, having been mated to a Quagga, by which she had a hybrid foal, subsequently bore to a full-blooded Arabian stallion two foals, which were said to simulate the markings of the quagga.

Morton concluded :

"And now, in presence of these facts, what are we to say? Simply that they are fatal to Weismann's hypothesis. They show that there is none of the alleged independence of the reproductive cells; but that the two sets of cells are in close communion. They prove that while the reproductive cells multiply and arrange themselves during the evolution of the embryo, some of their germ-plasm passes into the mass of somatic cells constituting the parental body, and becomes a permanent component of it. Further, they necessitate the inference that this introduced germ-plasm, everywhere diffused, is some of it included in the reproductive cells subsequently formed. And if we thus get a demonstration that the somewhat different units of a foreign germ-plasm permeating the organism, permeate also the subsequently formed reproductive cells, and affect the structures of the individuals arising from them, the implication is that the like happens with those native units which have been made somewhat different by modified functions : there must be a tendency to inheritance of acquired characters."

That the experiment of Lord Morton would be the result of dominant and recessive alleles is not sufficient, since it leaves to much space for coincidence, and it therefore incomplete.

Biological Paternity

Estimates show that globally around 5% of the father's are not the biological father, while they think they are. The figures vary from country to country.

Another thing is that recent research of the University of New South Wales showed there are even more uncertainties around inheritable properties than assumed by science at first hand. Being 100% the genetic father seems to be not everything there is to know.

Before the advent of modern genetics, it was common believe that males can leave a sort of mark on the women's body. The women's offspring would resemble the mother's former mate(s), despite being fertilized by another male.

In many cultures women who are destined to be married off must be virgins, because non-virgins are considered to be 'impure'. The knowledge that former sexual partners can transfer their properties without actual fertilization was apparently ingrained in religions without further understanding nor explanation.

Our results show that it is possible for a male to transmit features of his phenotype via non-genetic semen-borne factors to his mate's subsequent offspring sired by another male.

— Angela J. Crean on the research of Telegony

New Scientific Evidence of Telegony

Telegony is a controversial theory that found more ground due to recent research of three researchers of the University of New South Wales in their research "Revisiting telegony: offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother's previous mate".

The full research is available on Wiley.

The first one to speak in ancient scriptures about Telegony was Aristotle. Without further knowledge of modern genetics, the ancient Greek philosopher witnessed that there was a logic between parents and children. But with the invention of genetics, telegony became written off as superstition.

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New research now shows that telegony is proven to be factual true, in this case in fruit flies. It becomes suddenly less sure that telegony is a superstition after all. It even might be a combination of genetics and telegony.

The researchers think that molecules of former sex partners can be absorbed by immature eggs and therefore may be involved in the transfer of physical characteristics of former sex partners.


Old and New Egg Cells

Science believes that a woman is born with all the egg cells she will ever have in her lifetime. But experiments in 2012 discovered a new type of stem cell in the ovaries that generates new immature egg cells, which could mean that new cells are produced. Newly produced egg cells could be clean of imprints of former sex mates.

But in any case there seems to be a certain period in which egg cells can be 'contaminated' with the properties of a former sex partner, and that might be confronting for many people.

The children a woman bears resemble the man who loves her. If her husband loves her, then they resemble her husband. If it is an adulterer, then they resemble the adulterer. Frequently, if a woman sleeps with her husband out of necessity, while her heart is with the adulterer with whom she usually has intercourse, the child she will bear is born resembling the adulterer.

— Gospel of Philip - Nag Hammadi Codex


Loveless pure physical sex seems to be not conducive for the offspring, but 'preaching' this is considered to be moralistic. Especially after the era of sexual liberation, in which rampant intercourse became more or less a consumption product. Telegony could be misused by moralists, especially when it becomes scientifically verifiable.

Horse and dog breeders are for centuries acquainted with this phenomenon, and know that it is harmful for the offspring to let intercourse happen between horses or dogs 'just for fun'.

The Russian scientific culture is much more familiar with the phenomenon than the Western culture. The Western culture seems to be oblivious about this scientific reproducible and testable phenomenon. Meaning that sexual liberation, and to have pure physical sex cannot be considered to be without any consequences.

Loveless Sex

Just having sex fun seems not to be so harmless, something that probably many people won't appreciate. According to the Gospel of Philip even the thought about another would influence the offspring. That is not illogical, once you accept mind over matter, and accept the power of thoughts.

It might be possible that morphogenetic fields are involved in the transfer process of characteristics.

The scientific world will seize every explanation to undermine the research, because it destroys just about everything that has to do with genetics. Heredity is not only about genetics only, it has everything to do with the morphogenetic fields between sex partners.

Understanding the profound effects of telegony has consequences for everyone. In some cases it may even cause an aha-erlebnis*.

The video of Bruce Lipton below is interesting, since it shows a deep understanding of biological processes, and gives more insight in the energetic complexity of Biology.

*An experience which gives a sudden insight, solution or answer to a problem that has troubled someone for some time.

© 2014 by Buildreps


Robert Morgan on August 17, 2015:

OK, now you have really gotten my interest. Would please consider putting up a question about telegony on the HP questions and answers. I would love to see what others know and think about this intriguing subject. Thanks again. Bobby

Buildreps (author) from Europe on August 17, 2015:

Thanks very much for your great comment, Bobby. I feel deeply honoured. I hope to read your research on this very interesting subject! Much blessings to you too:)

Robert Morgan on August 17, 2015:

WOW... "Before the advent of modern genetics, many biologists believed that a male can leave a mark on his mate's body, causing the female's subsequent offspring to resemble their mother's first mate, despite being sired by another male (Rabaud 1914; Ewart 1920). This hypothesised phenomenon, dubbed ‘telegony’ by August Weismann, was rejected in the early 20th century because it lacked unequivocal empirical support and was deemed incompatible with Mendelian genetics (Burkhardt 1979). However, recent discoveries have revealed the existence of molecular and physiological mechanisms that have the potential to mediate telegony (Liu 2011, 2013). Although classic discussions of telegony focused on effects carried over from one gestation to the next, similar mechanisms could enable males who do not sire any offspring to influence the development of future offspring sired by other males."

Robert Morgan on August 17, 2015:

OMG... Your ability to take a subject like Telegony and bring it to our attention is such a way that I could not stop reading it is one of your most incredible gifts. This Hub is one of the best I have yet to read. It should be put up for an award. Having never raised any pure breeds, I had no idea that the theory of Telegony was still in play. I had thought it had gone away with the greek gods. Your research has ignited my interest and even in my own genetic and Telegenic, or maybe it should be epigenetic makeup. Thanks for the excellent research. I will be doing more research because I find this subject so interesting. Thank you for all you do us Hubbers, when it comes to sharing your knowledge. Sending you showers of blessings. You and your writings are first class!

Buildreps (author) from Europe on October 08, 2014:

Yes Pawpawwrites, it was hard to believe for me too. But for a few people around me with whom I shared this new scientific breakthrough had suddenly clues too. I don't know what is best - tell some people about Telegony or not. Thanks for your nice and honest comment.

Jim from Kansas on October 08, 2014:

Wow, being able to transmit features that effect a person's phenotype non genetically, is something I'd never heard of. That is hard for me to believe.

This article reminds me of a conversation about eye color with a former co-worker. He told me the eye color of his parents. I knew from his eye color, that his dad wasn't his biological father. I asked if he was adopted, and he said "no, why do you ask". I said, "oh, no reason, just wondered". I didn't know whether to tell him or not, since it seemed he didn't have a clue.

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