Ezine for Biological and Cultural Reproduction Human genes propagate themselves by way of the sexual reproduction of the individuals who possess them. Hence we carry on the genes of our parents, just as our children carry on our genes. Richard Dawkins, a zoologist, first suggested that genes had a cultural analog. He coined the word meme, from the Greek mimeme, which means imitation, to define a unit of culture that replicates itself.21 Memes, Dawkins suggests, serve as units of cultural transmission. Genetic transmission began billions of years ago in the primal soup of the earth’s cooling seas. Here DNA molecules first appeared and started to reproduce themselves. Ezine 2016.