Chromosome Research

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 437-442

First online:

The necessity of Darwin: This journal’s tribute to the most influential scientist of all time

  • Stanley K. SessionsAffiliated withHartwick College
  • , Herbert C. MacgregorAffiliated withUniversity of Exeter Email author 

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Charles Darwin is considered by many to be one of the most influential scientists of all time. His theory of evolution via natural selection was astonishingly prescient in terms of what modern biology has revealed in the 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species, especially since Darwin was unaware of even the most fundamental aspects of transmission genetics, not to mention molecular biology. Here we speculate what impact it would have had on Darwin’s thinking if he had known what we now know about molecular biology and cytogenetics.


Darwin evolution natural selection genetics cytogenetics molecular biology