An Introduction to Modern Genetics

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IT is curious and unfortunate that an experimental embryologist should write a genetical book which represents the extreme mechanistic branch of genetical opinion. It would seem that Dr. Waddington has missed a golden opportunity of bridging the gap between genetics and botany and zoology as taught in British universities. Instead he has accentuated the importance of chromosome twists and genie acrobatics at the expense of morphological and physiological genetics. Sufficient accounts of the relationship between genetics and cytology and between genetics and mathematics are now available elsewhere, but there is little text-book writing which combines a knowledgeable appreciation of genetics with physiology, morphology and sys-tematics. There is a large amount of information on these latter subjects in research papers which is comparatively unknown in text-books.

An Introduction to Modern Genetics

By Dr. C. H. Waddington. Pp. 441 + 5 plates. (London: George Allen and Unwin, Ltd., 1939.) 18s. net.

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SANSOME, F. An Introduction to Modern Genetics. Nature 143, 1002 (1939) doi:10.1038/1431002a0

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