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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
In Defence of Genetics Annotation pdf (869,513 Bytes) ocr (25,729 Bytes)
In Defence of Genetics
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
5 (869,513 Bytes)
Date:
1949
Creator:
Haldane, John Burton Sanderson
Source:
Periodical: Haldane, John Burton Sanderson. "In Defence of Genetics." Modern Quarterly 4, (1949): 194-202. Article. 5 Images.
Publisher:
Unknown Organization
Rights:
Courtesy of Joshua Lederberg.
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Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence B
Box Number: 7
Folder Number: 59
Unique Identifier:
BBADZU
Accession Number:
8
Document Type:
Articles
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1947-1953
Folder: Haldane, J. B. S.
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2007-09-28
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:  Haldane; Lysenko, Lysenkism;Marxism;


Haldane has left the Communist Party over Lysenko's takeover
of genetics in Russia.  However, he critically (perhaps accurately)
criticizes "idealistic" interpretations of the gene, in favor of
a hard-nosed materialism (which DNA has vindicated)

I would project my own views that biologists were so much in awe of
"The Gene" they had trouble attacking it in purely physical and 
chemical terms, and were almost all unequipped to deal with it.

I don't recall how I encountered this article, probably in the
mid-50's.  It is cited most recently in:
 SHAPIRO AM
 HALDANE, MARXISM, AND THE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
  QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY 
 68: (1) 69-77 MAR 1993

jl 10/3/98

                    HALDANE, MARXISM, AND THE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH
                                           SHAPIRO AM
                               QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY 
                                      68: (1) 69-77 MAR 1993