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October 23, 1967

Endocrine Genetics

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1967;202(4):369-370. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130170169044

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This book contains the proceedings of a three-day international symposium on the subject of endocrine genetics, held at Cambridge University in March 1966. Conceived and organized by the late S. G. Spickett, the conference was designed to shed light upon the mechanism of the action of hormones. In Spickett's view, the mode of operation of hormones was one of the more accessible points of articulation between the concepts of molecular biology and those of physiology. Therefore, the meeting was planned as an interdisciplinary symposium, with participants from the fields of endocrine physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. The first day was devoted to discussion of the actions of hormones; the second, to the major gene variations in endocrine systems; and the third, to the quantitative variations in endocrine structure and function. Such varied topics as the hormonal control of biosynthesis of macromolecules, growth hormones and the gene system of insects, iodothyronine synthesis