A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock Short Essay - Answer Key

Evelyn Fox Keller
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1. What was the difference of studying genetics in maize versus Drosophilia?

The difference between studying genetics in maize versus Drosophila is that Drosophila offers the geneticist a new generation every ten days, where the maize takes longer to mature, therefore the experimenter has more time to follow it's development within a generation.

2. What was the subject of the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote in 1931?

The paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote in 1931 was about the exchange of genetic information that occurs during the production of sex cells being accompanied by an exchange of chromosomal material.

3. What did James A. Peters say about the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote?

James A. Peters stated that the paper that Harriet Creighton and Barbara McClintock wrote was called a landmark in experimental genetics but that he felt that the paper was more than that - it was a cornerstone.

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