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The Position of Genetics

Nature volume 140, page 428 (04 September 1937) | Download Citation



THE attacks of Lysenko on Vavilov and other Russian geneticists reported in NATURE of August 21 are not wholly dissimilar to Dr. H. Dingle's attack on Prof. E. A. Milne in a recent issue of this journal. Vavilov was accused of being anti-Darwinian, Milne of going back to Aristotle, in neither case perhaps with full justification. If these attacks have led to a curtailment of Vavilov's work, the situation of genetics in the Soviet Union is indeed serious. If not, hard words break no bones, and the outlook for genetics in Moscow is at any rate no worse than in London, where I understand that the only department of genetics in the University is shortly to come to an end.

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    • J. B. S. HALDANE


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