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December 26, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(17):2332-2333. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010350054010

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A few weeks ago, on Nov. 24 to be exact, nine eminent dentists from this country and abroad sat on a panel at the University of Chicago to review certain facts known by members of their guild and to exchange opinions on the origin of life. This rare and deservedly widely publicized occasion was the 100th anniversary of Charles Darwin's book, "The Origin of Species." A scientifically minded audience from far and near filled Mandel Hall, hoping no doubt to learn from where and how they came to be there.

The panelists probably expressed their biochemical, astronomical, and genetic ideas in terms as simple as possible. Still the imagination of the audience at times was strained, and the energy expended by the panelists themselves apparently was such that the chairman considered it advisable to have a short recess in the middle of the session for everyone to recuperate. Perhaps when evolution

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