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Mammalian Genetics

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674732230

Publication Date: 01/01/1940

169 pages

128 illustrations


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William Castle’s pioneer work, Genetics and Eugenics, laid the foundation many years ago for the study of this subject in American colleges. In the present text book, he provides an introduction to the study of heredity in that branch of the animal kingdom with which most persons are best acquainted and which includes the domestic animals and man himself. Major discoveries of basic principles of heredity have in recent times been made on that ideal animal for genetic study, the fruit fly, Drosophila; most of these discoveries are valid also for mammals and can be verified in breeding experiments with mammals. To most persons, however, the fruit fly is unfamiliar material, and diagrams of chromosome translocations and inversions are apt to be devoid of interest and significance to the beginner, illuminating though they may be at a later stage of study. Castle therefore begins with familiar material in which an abiding human interest centers, and thus enables the student to progress from the known to the unknown without too abrupt a transition. The volume will be found an ideal text for students in high schools, junior colleges, and agricultural colleges.

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