ISSN 1022-7954, Russian Journal of Genetics, 2007, Vol. 43, No. 11, p. 1330. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2007. Original Russian Text © the Editorial Board, 2007, published in Genetika, 2007, Vol. 43, No. 11, p. 1584. CHRONICLE Shelkovyi Put’ (The Silk Road) by Academician V. A. Strunnikov: The Second Edition of the Book DOI: 10.1134/S1022795407110191 In 2004, Nauka Publishing House of the Russian which were geneticists who took hard the demolition of Academy of Sciences published Shelkovyi Put’ (The this science during the Lysenkoism. Silk Road), a book of memoirs by Academician “Thinking this problem over and over, I at last came Vladimir Aleksandrovich Strunnikov, a world- to the conclusion that I should write about both, though renowned geneticist, winner of the State Prize, Hero of trying to shape the parts concerning science in a popu- Socialistic Labor, veteran of the World War II. The nar- lar science style. This would be justiﬁed by that the ration encompasses many events of the past century biologists not engaged in genetic research would be occurring against the background of the Russian Civil able, without reading special literature, to familiarize War and Great Patriotic War (World War II), Lysenko- themselves with advances in genetics, and in particular ism, and the subsequent period of the restoration of sci- in the problem of sex determination control, exempli- ence. The author told about his scientiﬁc achievements ﬁed by such a unique object as the silkworm. This widely implemented into practice, including artiﬁcial would allow them to ﬁnd original approaches to yet reproduction methods that he developed, in a popular unsolved scientiﬁc problems. Many world-renowned science style. This methods, supplemented with chro- biologists had used such possibilities before. mosome and gene engineering, laid the basis for pio- “Once beginner biologists have got familiar with neering developments of techniques for mass control of concisely described studies on the silkworm, they sex determination, cloning of both sexes, selection for would enter one of “scholar’s workrooms” and, heterosis, and ﬁxation of heterosis in successive gener- what is the most important, would see the over- ations without expensive and time-consuming hybrid- whelming importance of indefatigable intellectual ization. In addition, Strunnikov used the example of the work in search for methodical solutions of compli- silkworm to demonstrate that the methods developed cated problems […] by him offer the possibility of creating new, genetic methods of pest control. Including both unimportant details of everyday life and signiﬁcant social and political events of the The Silk Way became a bestseller and met lively remote past into my Memoirs, I think that they may response of readers, who noted that the book read like be interesting for new generations that cannot even ﬁction and yet conveys substantial scientiﬁc informa- imagine how we lived almost a hundred years ago.” tion. When setting about writing the book, Strunnikov The print run of the book was as small as 400 copies, faced the question as to which subject should be pre- which were sold in a ﬂash. The publishing house imme- ferred: events of his personal life or his scientiﬁc diately proposed to publish a new edition, for which the research. author would have to revise the book and supplement it “The results of all my studies have already been with some new episodes. Unfortunately, the author had published in scientiﬁc journals and monographs,” no time left to complete this revised version—Acade- Strunnikov wrights. “They are fairly complicated, so mician Vladimir Aleksandrovich Strunnikov passed will they not seem grotesque when intermixed with away on December 9, 2005 at an age of 91 years. How- everyday events? At the same time, these events were ever, all the corrections and additions that the author did inseparably connected with science, as, in turn, carry- make were included in the text. The book has been re- ing out scientiﬁc studies was inseparable from every- edited, and its second addition will be published in the day goings-on, especially in a family three members of second half of the year 2007.
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Published: Nov 15, 2007
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