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October 28, 1961

Cell Heredity

JAMA. 1961;178(4):444. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040430080039

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Considering present-day publication dynamics, this is an up-to-date, erudite, and comprehensive review of the field of cell heredity. Since the genetics of microorganisms lends itself to more objective evaluation, and since much of our present-day knowledge concerning hereditary mechanisms comes from and has been solidified by studies with viruses and bacteria, it is not surprising that a preponderant part of the book is devoted to the important field of microbial genetics. The concept of the gene, and especially our ignorance regarding its intimate structure and integration into the macrostructure of the chromosome, are wisely stressed in several places without obfuscating the importance of recent developments in this area. Much emphasis has been placed on the correlation of advances in the fields of nucleic acid ( singularly DNA ) and protein chemistry and biochemistry with various cellular hereditary phenomena. This correlation gives the reader an inkling of the challenging and fascinating field of

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