For over 30 years the Cold Spring Harbor Symposia have been among the most highly respected sources of authoritative knowledge in biology and last two volumes have surpassed all the others in excellence and importance. The present volume deals with human genetics broadly defined—ranging in analysis over three levels of complexity—from populations of individuals, populations of cells, and finally to the genetical, physiological, and biochemical analysis of human proteins. The 70 authors who contributed papers represented a splendid sample of the very best talents in general, human, and population genetics, cytology, physiology, and biochemistry. Mirabile dictu, it included even a few physicians. The several authors presented results of research, statements on research methodology, and much brilliant theory; most of it presented intelligibly and occasionally even in good style and with a touch of humor, but some of it is barely intelligible jargon.
Dr. Dobzhansky gave the opening address on human