Boveri and the Early Days of Genetics

  title={Boveri and the Early Days of Genetics},
  author={C. Stern},
  • C. Stern
  • Published 9 September 1950
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
PROF. R. C. PUNNETT'S informative and charming account of “Early Days of Genetics”1 ends with a statement which for the sake of historical justice requires comment. In answer to the question why the discoverers of linkage “managed to miss the tie-up of linkage phenomena with the chromosomes”, Punnett says: “The answer is Boveri. We were deeply impressed by his paper ‘On the individuality of the chromosomes’ and felt that any tampering with them by way of breakage and recombination was forbidden… 

Topics from this paper

110 Years of Orthopteran Cytogenetics, the Chromosomal Evolutionary Viewpoint, and Michael White's Signal Contributions to the Field*
The early contributions of grasshopper chromosomes to the chromosome theory the understanding of sex chromosomes, the phenomena of mitosis, meiosis, linkage, crossing over and recombination, the problems of chiasma localization and terminalization, reproduction and parthenogenesis, and the nature and behavior of B chromosomes and supernumerary segments are reviewed.
Wilson's Ostrich Egg and Morgan's Omelet
The story of the ostrich egg that was sent from the Bronx Zoo to the zoological laboratory of Columbia University for scientific purposes and was made into an omelet has been passed down orally by biologists for two generations and furnishes an experiment in oral transmission.
Veterinary cytogenetics: past and perspective
Judging from the technical refinements already accomplished in veterinary cytogenetics since the 1960s, it is clear that the importance of the achievements to date are bound to be matched or out-weighed by what awaits to be accomplished in the not-too-far future.
William Bateson's rejection and eventual acceptance of chromosome theory.
  • A. Cock
  • Sociology, Medicine
    Annals of science
  • 1983
Summary Bateson's belated acceptance of the chromosome theory came in two main stages, and was permanent, although he retained to the end reservations about some implications and extensions of the
Offerings from an urchin.
  • S. Ernst
  • Biology, Medicine
    Developmental biology
  • 2011
It is argued here that in their quests to understand these processes embryologists made major conceptual advances that were seminal to the origins of genetics and to the beginnings of molecular biology.
SURVEY AND SUMMARY How does DNA break during chromosomal translocations
This review summarizes recent advances made in understanding the molecular mechanism of chromosomal translocations and considers lymphoma and leukemia as primary causes for cancers.
How does DNA break during chromosomal translocations?
This review summarizes recent advances made in understanding the molecular mechanism of chromosomal translocations and considers lymphoma and leukemia as primary causes for cancers.
AID Biology: A pathological and clinical perspective
Ways through which the interpretation of AID biology may reflect upon novel clinical insights, which could be successfully translated into designing clinical trials and improving patient prognosis and disease management are discussed.
The role of LMO2 in development and in T cell leukemia after chromosomal translocation or retroviral insertion.
The current knowledge about LMO2 is outlined and some possible routes to develop reagents that might be possible macromolecular drugs in the future are outlined.
Molecular logic underlying chromosomal translocations, random or non-random?
This review will focus on the progression toward understanding the molecular logic underlying chromosome translocation events and implications of new strategies for preventing chromosomal translocations.


Early days of genetics1
The science of genetics was born in controversy and the manner in which this came about will take us back into the latter years of the past century.