The necessity of Darwin
Sessions, Stanley K.
Macgregor, Herbert C.
University of Exeter; Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, USA
Nature Publishing Group
February 12th, 2009 was Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and November 2009 represents the 150th anniversary of the publication of his transformative book, The Origin of Species. It seems a good time to look back and assess Darwin’s legacy within the perspective of current knowledge of genetics, cytogenetics, and molecular biology in general. Although a comprehensive understanding of evolution would no doubt have emerged eventually, it is difficult to imagine how anyone could have matched Darwin’s prodigious and sustained efforts, as well as his talent for explaining things in simple terms.
© 2009 Stanley K. Sessions and Herbert C. Macgregor. This document is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.