Science: Unpleasant Individuals

The human race has never been more vulnerable to high-flying generalities. At Princeton last week, J. B. S. Haldane, 54, Britain's grand not-very-old man of biology and vicinity, let loose some scary ones before a learned symposium on genetics, paleontology and evolution. Some of them:

The atomic bomb was genetically bad, said he: "The tremendous amount of radiation generated in the explosion of an atomic bomb produces mutations in the genes, carriers of heredity. These mutations in the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will affect future generations (TIME, Nov. 11).

"The killing of...

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