FEW questions in cytological terminology can have caused more disagreement and disorder than that of the name to be applied to the portion of the chromosome which determines its movements on the spindle. The names given to this body have been many, and Dr. Schrader's appeal1 for the general adoption of one term, with the abandonment of all others, must be received sympathetically by cytologists and geneticists. He proposes, however, the adoption of the term ‘kinetochore’, saying that it has been employed by Sharp in his text-book2. Sharp certainly recommends the term in a footnote, but he has not, so far as I can observe, carried out his own recommendation. Schrader's alternative proposal is to introduce yet another new term.
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MATHER, K. Kinetochore or Centromere?. Nature 143, 289 (1939). https://doi.org/10.1038/143289b0