A History of Genetics

By A. H. Sturtevant
California Institute of Technology
With a New Introduction by Edward B. Lewis

In the small “Fly Room” at Columbia University, T.H. Morgan and his students, A.H. Sturtevant, C.B. Bridges, and H.J. Muller, carried out the work that laid the foundations of modern, chromosomal genetics. The excitement of those times, when the whole field of genetics was being created, is captured in this book, written in 1965 by one of those present at the beginning. His account is one of the few authoritative, analytic works on the early history of genetics. This attractive reprint is accompanied by a website offering full-text versions of the key papers discussed in the book, including the world’s first genetic map.

Note from the Publishers
Author’s Preface
Chapter 1: Before Mendel
Chapter 2: Mendel
Chapter 3: 1866 to 1900
Chapter 4: The Rediscovery
Chapter 5: Genes and Chromosomes
Chapter 6: Linkage
Chapter 7: The “Fly Room”
Chapter 8: Development of Drosophila Work
Chapter 9: Genetics of Continuous Variation
Chapter 10: Oenothera
Chapter 11: Mutation
Chapter 12: Cytological Maps and the Cytology of Crossing Over
Chapter 13: Sex Determination
Chapter 14: Position Effect
Chapter 15: Genetics and Immunology
Chapter 16: Biochemical Genetics
Chapter 17: Population Genetics and Evolution
Chapter 18: Protozoa
Chapter 19: Maternal Effects
Chapter 20: The Genetics of Man
Chapter 21: General Remarks
Appendix A: Chronology
Appendix B: Intellectual Pedigrees
Afterword: Remembering Sturtevant
The full text of the book is available on-line, in PDF format.

CSHL Press

Edward. B. Lewis received the B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1939 and the Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1942, where he studied under A. H. Sturtevant.

Dr. Lewis received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discoveries concerning "the genetic control of early embryonic development".

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