Science: Genetic Death

If atom bombs do not do the job first, the human race may destroy itself just as effectively in a slower, subtler way. Last week, in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Nobel-Biologist Hermann J. Muller of Indiana University warned that even the peaceful use of atomic energy may kill off the human species by loading its germ plasm with too many "mutated" genes.

Biological Time Bombs. Each reproductive cell (of plants, animals or men) contains submicroscopic particles (genes) which pass hereditary characteristics from one generation to another. When a gene is altered...

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