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Morgan’s Progeny

Rowland H. Davis

in The Microbial Models of Molecular Biology

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154368
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154368.003.0002
Morgan’s Progeny

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This chapter begins with a discussion of Thomas Hunt Morgan's main findings as a prelude to the work of his intellectual descendants. It then discusses Sturtevant, who in 1920 discovered abnormal, genetically mosaic flies; Boris Ephrussi and George Beadle, whose work became one of the leading precursors of the field now known as biochemical genetics, using mutations to dissect the course of metabolism; and Herman J. Muller, who would become one of the most incisive theorists of the gene in the period 1920-50.

Keywords: Thomas Hunt Morgan; genetics; Sturtevant; Boris Ephrussi; George Beadle; Herman J. Muller

Chapter.  5947 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry

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