The many lives of experiments: Wilhelm Johannsen, selection, hybridization, and the complex relations of genes and characters

@article{Meunier2016TheML,
  title={The many lives of experiments: Wilhelm Johannsen, selection, hybridization, and the complex relations of genes and characters},
  author={R. Meunier},
  journal={History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={38},
  pages={42-64}
}
  • R. Meunier
  • Published 2016
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
In addition to his experiments on selection in pure lines, Wilhelm Johannsen (1857–1927) performed less well-known hybridisation experiments with beans. This article describes these experiments and discusses Johannsen’s motivations and interpretations, in the context of developments in early genetics. I will show that Johannsen first presented the hybridisation experiments as an additional control for his selection experiments. The latter were dedicated to investigating heredity with respect to… Expand
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