Russian Journal of Genetics, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2002, pp. 473–474. Translated from Genetika, Vol. 38, No. 4, 2002, pp. 575–576. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Barskii, Gostimskii. CHRONICLE Viktor Mironovich Gindilis (1937–2001) momentous, though hidden, events took place in Soviet biology. Genetics, which had been destroyed in the 1930s and 1940s, summoned its remaining strength, sought and found talented young people who desired to carry on traditions of the Russian biological and genetic schools. With the blessing of the head of the institute, V.A. Engelhardt, Prokof’eva-Bel’govskaya gathered several young researchers in her team. This was a core that provided for the rebirth of Soviet medical genetics. Viktor Gindilis was a talented member of this group. His early work was focused on identiﬁcation of human chromosomes, which was essential for studying hereditary disorders. This work laid the basis for more than one generation of Soviet cytogeneticists. Genetics of major mental disorders became his next passion and retained his interest for the rest of his life. Together with the physician Irina Shakhmatova, Gindi- lis analyzed the unique archives of the Kashchenko Mental Hospital containing medical records of schizo- phrenia patients of many decades. Gindilis proposed the oligogenic model
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