In Pursuit of the Gene

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Science - 384 pages
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Schwartz presents the history of genetics through the eyes of a dozen or so central players, beginning with Charles Darwin and ending with Nobel laureate Hermann J. Muller. This book offers readers the background they need to understand the latest findings in genetics and those still to come in the search for the genetic basis of complex diseases and traits.
 

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This book is an account of various figures' ideas on biological heredity from Darwin's "pangenesis" through the recognition in the 1940s that heredity must involve DNA somehow. It provides character ... Read full review

IN PURSUIT OF THE GENE: From Darwin to DNA

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A scholarly history of genetics.Science writer Schwartz first focuses on the early days, beginning with Darwin's "pangenesis" theory, whereby physical particles in the bloodstream were thought to ... Read full review

Contents

Viva Pangenesis
1
Reversion to the Mean
23
Galtons Disciples
45
Pangenes
69
Mendel
87
Rediscovery
105
Mendel Wars
119
Cell Biology
145
The Fly Room
185
Oenothera Reconsidered
209
XRays
221
Triumph of the Modern Gene
243
EPILOGUE
277
NOTES
293
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
349
INDEX
353

Sex Chromosomes
165

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James Schwartz is an independent scholar and writer living in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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