Genetics: Final Defeat for Comrade Lysenko

The announcement from Moscow was blunt: Trofim Denisovich Lysenko had been relieved as director of the Institute of Genetics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. The very name of the man who had been fired came back into the news like a memory of the past. But then Geneticist Lysenko had always been a man of the past. He rose to his position of power in Soviet science in the 1930s by preaching Lamarckism, the 18th century belief that plants and animals can transmit to the next generation characteristics they acquire...

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