FULL-TEXT OF ORIGINAL PAPERS, NINETEENTH CENTURY ONWARDS
Ageing and Philosophy
Lists of Recent Publications, etc.
Romanes Family and Early History of Queen's University
purpose of these pages is to provide original texts of papers which I deem critical to the
understanding of some major problems in the biomedical sciences. Many important papers,
often neglected by modern readers, date from the 19th century. The original versions are
not always well presented (small text, no headings, etc.). Modern technology allows these
relatively inaccessible texts to be made available to a world audience in an attractive,
To the extent that there is a hidden agenda, it is to show that, for the biological sciences, the key concepts were advanced in the 19th century. Ewald Hering and Samuel Butler in the 1870s introduced the idea of heredity as information transfer and, building on Darwin's "pangens", De Vries (1889) postulated differential gene expression and transfer of information from nucleus to cytoplasm. This anticipated the discovery of messenger RNA in the 1950s. Romanes solved speciation in 1886 and we are only just beginning to catch up. We have been so busy filling in the details that we have forgotten about the big picture.
This theme is explored more fully in my books:
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