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July 27, 1929

BERLIN

JAMA. 1929;93(4):317-318. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710040069025

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Abstract

The Theory of Heredity in Relation to Biology  Professor Goldschmidt recently delivered, before the Internationale Gesellschaft für empirische Philosophie, which is directed by the clinician Prof. F. Kraus, an address on the theory of hereditary transmission and theoretical biology. He is department director at the Kaiser Wilhelm-Institut für Biologie in Dahlem, near Berlin, and is well known by reason of his researches on hereditary processes. In his address, Goldschmidt set up against mendelism, which deals with the distribution of hereditary qualities to the succeeding generations and which he described as a static theory of hereditary transmission, a dynamic theory of transmission, which inquires what processes must unfold in order that the phenomenon termed vererbung, or hereditary transmission, may occur. Hitherto, the only definitely recognized precipitating cause of these unfolding processes, which are the expression of units or so-called systems, was the "gene." This gene, or the invisible hereditary germinal factor,

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