Genetics: Life Sum-Up

It seemed as if the world's geneticists were determined to demonstrate that their youthful science has grown as fast as Drosophila melanogaster, the precocious fruit fly that breeds a new generation every two weeks. There were 1,693 geneticists on hand at The Hague for the Eleventh International Congress of Genetics last week, along with 500 wives and 185 students. They took over 51 hotels, and there was even a babysitting service called "progeny park" to care for the 200 children. Doggedly they listened to 952 speeches, attended six plenary sessions and 25 symposiums, watched 13 films and 41 demonstrations....

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