Archimedes

The Cold War Politics of Genetic Research

An Introduction to the Lysenko Affair

Authors: deJong-Lambert, William

  • Written at a level suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students with no prior knowledge of the topic
  • Puts the topic in context with related topics in the history of biology
  • Introduces students to the global dimensions of the controversy to highlight areas for future research
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This book uses the reaction of a number of biologists in the United States and Great Britain to provide an overview of one of the most important controversies in Twentieth Century biology, the “Lysenko Affair.” The book is written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of history/history of science. It covers a number of topics which are relevant to understanding the sources and dimensions of the Lysenko controversy, including the interwar eugenics movement, the Scopes Trial, the popularity of Lamarckism as a theory of heredity prior to the synthesis of genetics and Natural Selection, and the Cold War. The book focuses particularly on portrayals—both positive and negative—of Lysenko in the popular press in the U.S. and Europe, and thus by extension the relationship between scientists and society. Because the Lysenko controversy attracted a high level of interest among the lay community, it constitutes a useful historical example to consider in context with current topics that have received a similar level of attention, such as Intelligent Design or Climate Change.

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Introduction,Chapter 1: Mendelist-Morganists and Michurinism, Chapter 2: Fly Lovers and People Haters, Chapter 3: The Eugenics Movement and First Encounters with Soviet Science Chapter 4: Vavilov , Chapter 5: Between World War and Cold War      , Chapter 6: Debunking Lysenko,  Chapter 7: The VASKhNIL Conference,  Chapter 8: Acquired Characteristics, Chapter 9: “Apostle Trofim and the Gospel of St. Marx”,  Chapter 10: The Spitzer Affair,  Chapter 11: “He must’ve realized how stupid it all was…” ,  Chapter 12: Pigs Wearing Booties Earn Scorn of Red Press, Chapter 13: French Say Chemical Injection May Change Heredity of Ducks, Chapter 14: “Nikita and I have our difficulties…”          Conclusion     

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From the reviews:

“DeJong-Lambert’s book helps fill a hole in existing scholarship on the history of science in the twentieth century. … DeJong-Lambert’s book makes a welcome contribution to the development of such studies. … Cold War Politics of Genetic Research provides crisp and engaging narrative that opens new perspectives on events which played a major role on the intellectual front of the Cold War. … an excellent overview of debates on Lysenkoism in the USA from 1948 on as well as a thorough knowledge of primary sources.” (Nils Roll-Hansen, Metascience, May, 2013)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Mendelist-Morganists and Michurinism

    deJong-Lambert, William

    Pages 1-27

  • Between World War and Cold War

    deJong-Lambert, William

    Pages 29-56

  • Reacting to Lysenko

    deJong-Lambert, William

    Pages 57-83

  • Acquired Characteristics

    deJong-Lambert, William

    Pages 85-109

  • The “Spitzer Affair”

    deJong-Lambert, William

    Pages 111-140

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9915-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cold War Politics of Genetic Research
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to the Lysenko Affair
Authors
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2840-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2840-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2839-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9915-8
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 186
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