E. B. Wilson's "Destruction" of the Germ-Layer Theory

  title={E. B. Wilson's "Destruction" of the Germ-Layer Theory},
  author={A L Baxter},
  pages={363 - 374}
  • A. Baxter
  • Published 1 September 1977
  • History
  • Isis
IN HIS BOOK on the history of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Frank Lillie told of a memorable encounter with Edmund Beecher Wilson in 1891. At that time Wilson remarked, "I believe I am going to destroy the germ-layer theory of development."' Since the germ-layer theory was one of the cornerstones of nineteenth-century developmental research, Lillie, not unexpectedly, was quite excited by Wilson's comment. Today, however, a biologist is more likely to be puzzled than excited by… 

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