Origins of the classical gene concept, 1900-1950: genetics, mechanistic, philosophy, and the capitalization of agriculture.

@article{Allen2014OriginsOT,
  title={Origins of the classical gene concept, 1900-1950: genetics, mechanistic, philosophy, and the capitalization of agriculture.},
  author={Garland E. Allen},
  journal={Perspectives in biology and medicine},
  year={2014},
  volume={57 1},
  pages={8-39}
}
In the period of "classical genetics" (roughly 1915-950), the common view of the gene was mechanistic--hat is, genes were seen as individual, atomistic units, as material components of the chromosomes. Although it was recognized early on that genes could interact and influence each other's expression, they were still regarded as individually functioning… CONTINUE READING