Moscow; Leningrad: Gos. izd-vo s.-kh. i kolkhoz.-koop. lit. 1931. Item #1105
332  pp., 1 ill.: ill., tables. 20.2x14.6 cm. In original publisher’s cardboards. Previous author’s ink inscription on the title-page. Otherwise near fine.
Second edition. First edition published in 1929. Scarce. Edited by Professor B. Vasin. Translated from the original English by N. Shishkov. In contrast to the first Russian edition, this second edition features a chapter on the balance of population instead of the outdated theory of telegony.
This is the second edition of the Russian translation of F.A.E. Crew’s famous work Animal Genetics: An Introduction to the Science of Animal Breeding (1925). In the book, the author, one of the pioneers of medical genetics, concentrates upon the basics of animal genetics from factors/germplasm and genes/chromosomes to exogamy/endogamy and inheritance/illnesses. The publication primarily rests on the principles of Mendelian inheritance, in accordance with which traits are passed on from parents to progeny as pairs of discrete factors that remain unchanged from generation to generation. The book is particularly important as editions built upon Mendelian theory (and genetics itself) were completely banned in the USSR in just a few years.
While the 1920s were considered the flowering period of genetics in the Soviet Union, the situation drastically changed from the mid-1930s, when the field together with its leading representatives (N. Vavilov, N. Koltsov, Yu. Filipchenko) fell into disdain of the Communist regime. At around the same time, the agronomist Trofim Lysenko (1898-1978) started a campaign against genetics, later known as Lysenkoism. A movement that proclaimed genetics a fake bourgeoisie science was supported by Stalin, and as a result, genetics (including Mendelian genetics) were suppressed until the mid-1960s.
F.A.E. Crew (1886-1973) was an English animal geneticist, a pioneer in his field leading to the University of Edinburgh’s place as a world leader in the science of animal genetics. He was the first Director of the Institute of Animal Breeding and the first Professor of Animal Genetics.
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