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Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 / Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application
(1914)

[Luther Burbank -- the bearing of his work on human life -- on improving the human plant],   pp. [202]-246 PDF (10.0 MB)


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LUTHER BURBANK-THE BEARING
OF His WORK ON HUMAN LIFE
-ON IMPROVING THE HUMAN PLANT
TUDENTS of heredity are becoming more
S    and more agreed that the same laws and
principles apply to the organisms of the
vegetable and animal worlds. This is quite what
might be expected, considering the fundamental
identity of protoplasm, which is the physical basis
of all life. But quite aside from any theoretical
deductions in the matter, a wide range of experi-
ments with many types of animals has brought
conclusive evidence that striking analogies are
everywhere to be found between the manner of
transmission of traits and characteristics in plants
and animals.
Moreover observations of human genealogy
have shown that man himself is subject to pre-
cisely the same laws of heredity that apply to the
lowliest vegetable or animal organisms. We must
of course make allowance for differences incident
[VOLUME XII-CHAPTER V]


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