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New light on the Lysenko era

An Erratum to this article was published on 31 August 1989

Previously unpublished material shows how Trofim Lysenko both deceived and won the support of Stalin, and destroyed genetics in the Soviet Union.

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Soyfer, V. New light on the Lysenko era. Nature 339, 415–420 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1038/339415a0

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