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Biometrical Genetics

The Study of Continuous Variation

  • Kenneth Mather
  • John L. Jinks

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 1-36
  3. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 37-50
  4. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 51-64
  5. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 65-81
  6. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 83-133
  7. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 135-175
  8. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 177-212
  9. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 213-254
  10. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 255-291
  11. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 293-314
  12. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 315-350
  13. Kenneth Mather, John L. Jinks
    Pages 351-376
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 377-396

About this book

Introduction

The properties of continuous variation are basic to the theory of evolution and to the practice of plant and animal improvement. Yet the genetical study of continuous variation has lagged far behind that of discontinuous variation. The reason for this situation is basically methodological. Mendel gave us not merely his principles of heredity, but also a method of experiment by which these principles could be tested over a wider range ofliving species, and extended into the elaborate genetical theory of today. The power of this tool is well attested by the speed with which genetics has grown. In less than fifty years, it has not only developed a theoretical structure which is unique in the biological sciences, but has established a union with nuclear cytology so close that the two have become virtually a single science offering us a new approach to problems so diverse as those of evolution, development, disease, cellular chemistry and human welfare. Much of this progress would have been impossible and all would have been slower without the Mendelian method of recognizing and using unit differences in the genetic materials. These great achievements should not, however, blind us to the limitations inherent in the method itself. It depends for its success on the ability to assign the individuals to classes whose clear phenotypic distinctions reveal the underlying genetic differences.

Keywords

Heterosis development evolution genes genetics theory of evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenneth Mather
    • 1
  • John L. Jinks
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-3406-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-22890-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-3406-2
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