Burbank, Luther, 1849-1926 / Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application
Luther Burbank -- the sum of his work with plant life -- what it has meant to science and agriculture, pp. - PDF (10.3 MB)
THE SUM OF HIS WORK Just as followers of Weissmann were obliged to shift their ground to meet the evidence brought by new experiments, until finally all that remained of their doctrine had been substantially har- monized with and blended into the broader and earlier theories of Darwinian heredity, only the doctrine of the continuity of the germ plasm re- maining as a permanent acquisition; so the attempt to make "Mendelism" comprehend the entire sub- ject of heredity, has necessitated a perpetual modi- fication of the point of view, and an amplification of the terminology to meet the facts of more com- prehensive experiments, until Mendelism has come to be harmonized with and blended in the more comprehensive knowledge of heredity, leaving only the formulae associated with dominance and recessiveness to mark the individual contribution of Mendel to the all-comprehending subject of heredity. -Into an atmosphere of in- quiry and doubt and solicitude, came the document from Santa Rosa, ostensibly only a nursery catalog, but conveying a mes- sage on heredity that made itself heard far beyond the province of the nurseryman.
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