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James A. Peters
(13 Jul 1922 - 18 Dec 1972)

American herpetologist and author who developed an interest in herpetology as a teenager, and became Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles at the National Museum of Natural History. He published two books: Classic Papers in Genetics (ed. 1959) and Dictionary of Herpetology (1964). During his 30 years of research in herpetology, especially in Latin America, he described 17 new species. Most of these were reptiles, but also include a fossil snake and a horned frog. Five taxa were named after him (a snail and four Neotropical amphibians and reptiles).

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... an analysis that puts the final link in the chain, for here we see correlations between cytological evidence and genetic results that are so strong and obvious that their validity cannot be denied. This paper has been called a landmark in experimental genetics. It is more than that—it is a cornerstone.
Describing the paper 'A Correlation of Cytological and Genetic Crossings-over in Zea mays' published by Barbara McClintock and her student Harriet Creighton in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (1931), demonstrating that the exchange of genetic information that occurs during the production of sex cells is accompanied by an exchange of chromosomal material.
— James A. Peters
Classic Papers in Genetics (1959), 156.
Science quotes on:  |  Genetics (79)  |  Barbara McClintock (15)

It is not an easy paper to follow, for the items that require retention throughout the analysis are many, and it is fatal to one's understanding to lose track of any of them. Mastery of this paper, however, can give one the strong feeling of being ableto master anything else [one] might have to wrestle within biology.
Describing the paper 'A Correlation of Cytological and Genetic Crossings-over in Zea mays' published by Barbara McClintock and her student Harriet Creighton in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (1931).
— James A. Peters
Classic Papers in Genetics (1959), 156.
Science quotes on:  |  Barbara McClintock (15)


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