Genetics and the Life Process

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Recent Advances in Genetic Research

Recent advances in genetics, a branch of biology that deals with the heredity and variation of organisms, have removed much of the mystery surrounding the origin of life. Scientists have discovered not only the chemical composition and structure of germ plasm but also, in broad outline, the process by which it reproduces itself. The powers inherent in this knowledge, it is widely agreed, are comparable to those let loose by knowledge of nuclear energy. “For the ability to change human life at its genetic source is the power, at its ultimate, to control the character of populations and to change the course of civilization in ways unparalleled in the past. It may well be the most fateful development thus far ...

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