Mendelian Genes and Rates of Development

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PROF. J. S. HUXLEY and Mr. E. B. Ford have directed attention in NATURE of December 12 to the developmental mechanism connecting the Mendelian gene and the visible character. A field for an attempt to learn something about this mechanism was suggested to me some little time ago by Prof. W. Garstang. Many problems of genetics, he pointed out, are connected with the hair and its colour in mammals, and therefore any process that is concerned in the distribution, development, or succession of hairs should be studied as minutely as possible.

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