Editing Nature: Joseph Stalin and the "New" Soviet Biology

  title={Editing Nature: Joseph Stalin and the "New" Soviet Biology},
  author={Kirill O. Rossianov},
  pages={728 - 745}

Science and politics

Lysenko's rejection of Mendelian genetics in favour of Lamarckism, his embrace of the hybridization theories of Russian horticulturist Ivan Michurin, and his claims that plants can be heritably altered by graft hybridization or environmental conditions certainly ran counter to mainstream biological research.

Natural Sciences in Academic Vienna in the 1990s: From “[Peripheral] Outpost Near the Iron Curtain” to “Central Hub”

In 1999, four editorials in the journal Biological Chemistry commemorate how, since the 1980s, Vienna has transformed from a “[peripheral] outpost near the Iron Curtain” to a “central hub” for life

Production Hydrobiology in the USSR Under the Pressure of Lysenkoism: Vladimir I. Zhadin’s Forgotten Theory of Biological Productivity (1940)

The present study analyzes specific traits of Lysenkoism dogmas as they were reflected in Soviet hydrobiology using the now-forgotten productivity theory of bodies of water developed in 1940 by Vladimir I. Zhadin as a case study.

Science, Technology, and Modernity

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, specifically of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. There can be no doubt that the Reformation had a

Lysenkoism Against Genetics: The Meeting of the Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences of August 1948, Its Background, Causes, and Aftermath

The triumph of Lysenkoism became complete and genetics was fully defeated in August 1948 at a session of the academy headed by Lysenko, which marked the USSR’s commitment to developing a national science, separated from the global scientific community.

S S S Special Issue: Science in the Cold War

Soviet science in the post-WWII period was torn between two contradictory directives: to 'overtake and surpass' Western science, especially in defence-related fields; and to 'criticize and destroy'

The Blind Logic of Plants: Enlightenment and Evolution in John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids

This article explores the development of Wyndham’s Wellsian style, his apocalyptic narrative structure, his political ideas and his understanding of evolutionary theories in The Day of the Triffids.

There's Power in the Blood : Religion, White Supremacy, and the Politics of Darwinism in America

Author(s): Bolar, Richard Allen | Abstract: America's contentious relationship to Darwinism is often inadequately viewed as the product of religious reaction or educative failure. I argue that