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

[Luther Burbank -- the bearing of his work on human life -- on improving the human plant],   pp. [202]-246 PDF (10.3 MB)

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intelligent utilization of these forces. So it will be
accepted as a mere matter of course that we
should attempt, in completing the review of Mr.
Burbank's life work with the development of new
forms of plant life, to make application of the
practical knowledge gained in the experiment gar-
den to what might, without violence to words, be
described as the breeding of the human plant.
Such an application we shall now attempt,
concisely, yet with as much explicitness as is
Even the most casual reader of this work will
be aware that the great fundamental principle that
guides us in all stages of our experiments in plant
development is the principle of selection.
We select first the kind of plant that is to be
utilized in a given series of experiments. We
select the best individual or individuals to be
found among the entire company of these plants
at our disposal. We select other individuals of
the same or of different species as mates before
cross-pollenizing, and in successive generations
we repeat these processes of selection and re-
selection over and over.
Now in the human family precisely analogous
processes of selection are being employed, con-
sciously or unconsciously, in every community. Of

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