Russian Journal of Genetics, Vol. 38, No. 7, 2002, p. 849. Translated from Genetika, Vol. 38, No. 7, 2002, p. 1008. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by the Editorial Board. N.P. Dubinin: Selected Works. Volumes 1–4, tational chromosome changes underlying the formation Moscow: Nauka, 2001–2002. of genic and chromosomal mutations. Volume 3 contains fundamental works by Dubinin The four-volume edition of selected works by in the ﬁeld of ecological genetics dealing with anthro- Nikolai Petrovich Dubinin, an outstanding geneticist of pogenic (chemical and radiation) mutagens and their the 20th century who consecrated 75 years to science, role in environmental pollution. Articles on antimu- has been published to commemorate the 95th anniver- tagenesis are also presented as Dubinin has always sary of his birth. This unique edition is an excellent emphasized signiﬁcance of this phenomenon in protec- memorial to one of the greatest contemporary biolo- tion of plant and animal genomes and particularly in gists. Brilliant works by Dubinin still are and will long prevention of human hereditary diseases. be topical and attracting interest of the scientiﬁc com- munity, particularly young geneticists. The reader can also get acquainted with the results of pioneereing studies of Dubinin in the ﬁeld of space Volume 1: Gene and Evolution. genetics. The views of this author on the role of genet- Volume 2: Radiation and Chemical Mutagenesis. ics in breeding of agricultural plants and animals, in particular with the use of modern molecular techniques, Volume 3. Ecological Genetics and Space Genetics. are of special interest. Breeding. Volume 4 sheds light on the tragic events in Soviet Volume 4. The History and Tragedy of Soviet genetics connected to the reign of Lysenko’s pseudo- Genetics. Philosophical Problems of Genetics. science which was supported by Stalin. This was a truly Volume 1 consists of an introduction, a biography of unique phenomenon in contemporary science: such a Nikolai Dubinin reﬂecting his activities in research, huge country as the Soviet Union was dominated by scientiﬁc management, and public work, and a list of medieval views on heredity, variability, and speciation major books written by this author. Works on the theo- with ensuing ignorant practical recommendations. This retical basis of key genetic problems—the theory of the volume has been written by a scientist who stood strong gene and position effect—are presented, as well as the- by true science during all those hard years and greatly oretical and experimental studies in the ﬁelds of evolu- contributed to the defeat of evil and the victory of truth. tionary and population genetics. For many years, the attention of Dubinin was focused on philosophical problems of human genetics, Volume 2 is devoted to problems of radiation primarily the relationship between the biological and mutagenesis and chemical mutagenesis. It contains the social components in the formation of personality. most signiﬁcant works of Dubinin concerning general These issues are discussed in vivid, sometimes polemic problems of radiation genetics and effects of ionizing publications included in the fourth volume. radiation on human heredity as well as fundamental articles on medical genetics. This volume also presents This four-volume edition is intended for a wide pioneering Dubinin’s studies of chemical mutagenesis. range of readers interested in genetics and evolutionary Based on these studies, he has formulated the concept biology, as well as for breeders, radiobiologists, histo- of stages in the establishment of mutations and premu- rians of science, philosophers, and teachers. 1022-7954/02/3807-0849$27.00 © 2002 MAIK ÒNauka / Interperiodica”
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