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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
[Excerpts from the 1950 Records of the Genetics Society of America] Annotation pdf (686,641 Bytes) ocr (19,782 Bytes)
[Excerpts from the 1950 Records of the Genetics Society of America]
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
8 (686,641 Bytes)
Date:
1950
Creator:
Genetics Society of America
Source:
Periodical: Genetics Society of America. [Excerpts from the 1950 Records of the Genetics Society of America]. Records of the Genetics Society of America 19, (1950): 21-24, 84, 104, 114. Excerpt. Minutes. 8 Images.
Publisher:
Genetics Society of America
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Genetics Society of America.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: No Epoch
Box Number: 142
Folder Number: 22
Unique Identifier:
BBGDKV
Document Type:
Minutes (administrative records)
Excerpts
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Consulting Work
Folder: Genetics Society of America, 1948-1979, 1985-1986
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2005-08-08
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
Node: Genetics Society of America, committee to counteract
anti-genetic propaganda;  this folder relates to my battles
within the GSA to tone down the reactions to official
Lysenko doctrine (in the USSR), and maintain the society
as an open forum for scientific debate.  Part of my concern
had to do with the red-baiting that would be used to
attack proponents of cytoplasmic inheritance like T. M. Sonneborn
-- see Jan Sapp's book, Beyond the Gene, re some of
the ideological battles.  I certainly had no truck with
Lysenkoism!  (Cf also my ACLU, Plumb/Eagle correspondence.);
Soyfer's book on Lysenko is definitive for the Russian story;
My chief (friendly) protagonist was HJ Muller who had swung
to the far right after his ill-fated emigration to the
USSR in mid/late 1930's.  Cf Carlson's biog of Muller;
This episode was perhaps my first foray into policy discourse.
I was startled how much following my arguments elicited -
I was at age 25 perhaps the youngest member of the GSA.;

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