Science: A Matter of Opinion

The atomic scientists were scattering opinions as fast and freely as a cyclotron shoots out particles. Each pronouncement, analyzed separately in an emotional vacuum, might be sound. But it seemed to the public last week that the experts were talking in discordant tongues and at cross purposes.

Nobel Prizeman Hermann J. Muller, a geneticist who has been experimenting with fruit flies, told the U.S. Conference of Mayors that the sins of the fathers may be visited upon the children, unto the nth generation, by radiation-induced changes in the reproductive cells (TIME, Sept. 22,...

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