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Selection for an Invariant Character—‘Vibrissa Number’—in the House Mouse


WADDINGTON1 has described selection experiments in Drosophila in which acquired characters were ‘assimilated’ by the genotype. This communication describes the initial results of a mouse experiment of similar design.

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  1. 1

    Waddington, C. H., Evolution, 7, 2, 118 (1953); 10, 1, 1 (1956).

  2. 2

    Dun, R. B., Aust. J. Biol. Sci. (in the press).

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