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August 11, 1962

Genetical Variation in Human Populations; Symposia of the Society for the Study of Human Biology

JAMA. 1962;181(6):567. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050320105013

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This is the fourth symposium volume put out by the Society for the Study of Human Biology in Great Britain, the membership of which consists largely of physical anthropologists, human biologists and geneticists, as well as medical scientists. This volume may be read in conjunction with the second symposium volume (1959) entitled Natural Selection in Human Populations.

This little book contains 6 readable reviews by distinguished authors in their respective fields: (1) blood groups by Mourant, (2) hemoglobins and enzyme deficiency by Allison, (3) haptoglobins and transferrins by Barnicot, (4) urinary amino acids by Gartler, ( 5 ) dermatoglyphic patterns by Holt, and (6) pigmentation by Harrison.

The general theme is to study human genetic polymorphism. The traits mentioned above are all genetically determined, some of which cause serious diseases while others have only very minor effects. The present papers are essentially dealing with the world geographic and racial distribution of the

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