Papers on Human Genetics

Papers on Human Genetics

Papers on Human Genetics

Papers on Human Genetics

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The study of human genetics is a synthesis of what began 60 years ago as isolated observations by serologists, chemists, mathematicians, biologists and physicians. To this day human genetics and, in fact, genetics in general, remains eclectic and in its essentials provides new ways of looking at old problems and generates new problems often, by their nature, relevant not only to man but to the study of all living things. One consequence of this philosophy is the increasing unity of interest which exists among those who study man and those concerned with other organisms. Indeed the present popularity of human genetics may in part stem from the promise of broad exchange between the various life sciences in an age of exact specialization. Thus the medical reader of this collection should realize at the outset that the proper study of human genetics is necessarily grounded in general genetics. Just so the biologist should recognize that man is a fit subject for some forms of genetical enquiry.

It is the particular purpose of this collection to reprint in one place some of the scientific papers which illustrate the various ways in which the study of human genetics has proceeded. All the examples have been chosen primarily to benefit the newcomers: the students of various rank and training who have become intrigued with human genetics and its problems and wish to know something, firsthand, of its origins. In many instances the papers reprinted here are masterpieces of scientific intuition, investigation, and inference. In other instances papers have been included as examples or summaries of particular areas of interest. Brief introductory annotations have . . .

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