The Hemoglobins in Genetics and Evolution

The Hemoglobins in Genetics and Evolution

The Hemoglobins in Genetics and Evolution

The Hemoglobins in Genetics and Evolution

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This book is based on six Jesup Lectures, delivered at Columbia University in the Department of Zoology during March, 1962. I accepted the invitation to deliver these lectures with some trepidation. The subject which I wanted to discuss is a part of such diverse areas as biochemistry, human genetics, molecular genetics, and evolution, not to mention hematology, and I felt myself to be too much of a specialist to do justice to all these aspects before an audience of biologists. In particular, an early training in classical organic chemistry and zoology followed by a gradual sliding into biochemistry and the other fields had led to the acquisition of only that knowledge which was of immediate interest and to the persistence of large areas of ignorance. Therefore, to attempt a balanced synthesis seemed too daunting. On the other hand, the temptation of the opportunity to present and develop one's own thoughts on a subject so dear to one's heart proved irresistible. The result is this book, which is offered to the reader in the hope that it will interest him and perhaps stimulate him to disagree with some of the ideas put forward.

In such a short book, it has been impossible to include reference to everyone whose work would have been relevant. A rather arbitrary choice was often necessary, with apologies to those who have had to be omitted, but not through lack of an appreciation of their work.

VERNON M. INGRAM

Cambridge, Mass. July, 1962 . . .

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