The gene is still altered. It gets methylated instead of having it's bases changed, but the gene is still the base unit. The differentiation between "genetics" and "epigenetics" is just a reflection of our historical biases in regarding "the genome" as a sequence of bases only.
Mod the parent up though, because it's an actual intelligent question and I'd like to see if Dr. (yes Soulskill, Dr, not Mr.) Dawkins agrees with me.
I would agree, but that methylation can be removed, resulting in the original genotype, thus the phenotype was selected for not the genotype. I think that it is aligned with the spirit with Dr. Dawkin's statement, if not the exact statement itself. ---AlphaA, 1113 4143
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