Developmental Genetics and Lethal Factors

Developmental Genetics and Lethal Factors

Developmental Genetics and Lethal Factors

Developmental Genetics and Lethal Factors

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Every translation is of necessity a compromise between the meaning contained in the first language and the idiom of the second. When translating a scientific work, it is generally agreed that the emphasis should be shifted in favour of exactness, even though this may mean at times that a certain foreign flavour cannot be avoided. In the present instance in particular it was the author's wish that some scientific terms should be international rather than vary in different languages. Accordingly, this translation contains a few terms which may not be familiar to English readers, such as "subvital factors" for those Mendelian factors which kill up to one half of their carriers, and "phene", meaning a characteristic produced by a gene. It is hoped, however, that the explanations given in the text and in the glossary will render these ingredients sufficiently digestible.

My task as translator was greatly facilitated by a number of people, whose help I gratefully acknowledge. I have received much valuable advice from Professor H. Grüneberg, F.R.S., Dr. H. Kalmus, Mr. J. Maynard Smith and Dr. J. H. Renwick; and I owe a special debt of gratitude to Dr. Gillian M. Truslove, who read the entire typescript and suggested many improvements.

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