Genetic Manipulation of Neuroanatomical Traits



It was probably in 1954 at the Berkeley Faculty Club, around the large table in the middle of the dining room, where there gathered regularly for lunch an exciting conglomeration of individuals representing a variety of academic disciplines, mutually attracted to each other for who knows what reasons, that David Krech held forth on his new research forays into the field of brain chemistry and behavior. Imagine his enthusiasm! … the vast horizons opening up with elucidation of the biochemical basis of behavioral patterns; imagine the responses! … some looking up, others with eyes steadfast on their soup bowls. Probably Everett Dempster from the Department of Genetics at least raised his eyebrows, for his interests were vast and specifically encompassed the question of the extent of genetic variation in the causes of behavioral variation. Krech, persisting, undoubtedly continued telling of Melvin Calvin's interest in the problem and the already significant scientific role Edward Bennett was taking in the biochemistry of the visual and somesthetic areas of the rat brain


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Jackson LaboratoryBar HarborUSA
  2. 2.Division of NeurosciencesCity of Hope National Medical CenterDuarteUSA

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