Muller, Hermann Joseph


1890–1967 American geneticist and societal reformer whose studies in the United States, Russia and Scotland of mutations in fruitflies contributed to ‘the modern synthesis’ of genetics in the 1930s.

Keywords: genes; chromosomes; fruitfly; mutation; X‐radiation

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Hermann Joseph Muller (1890–1967).


Further Reading

Muller HJ (1922) Variation due to change in the individual gene. American Naturalist 56: 32–50.

Muller HJ (1927) Artifical transmutation of the gene. Science 66: 84–87.

Muller HJ (1948) Evidence on the precision of genetic adaptation. Harvey Lectures 43: 165–229.

Muller HJ (1949) The Darwinian and modern conceptions of natural selection. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 93: 459–470.

Muller HJ (1973) Man's Future Birthright. Essays on Science and Humanity. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Carlson EA (1981) Genes, Radiation and Society. The Life and Work of H. J. Muller. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Crick F (1971) General model for the chromosomes of higher organisms. Nature 234: 25–27.

Forsdyke DR (1994) Relationship of X chromosome dosage compensation to intracellular self/not‐self discrimination: a resolution of Muller's paradox. Journal of Theoretical Biology 167: 7–12.

Forsdyke DR (1996) Different biological species ‘broadcast’ their DNAs at different (C+G)% ‘wavelengths’. Journal of Theoretical Biology 178: 405–417.

Forsdyke DR (1999) Two levels of information in DNA: relationship of Romanes’ ‘intrinsic’ variability of the reproductive system, and Bateson's ‘residue’ to the species‐dependent component of the base composition, (C+G)%. Journal of Theoretical Biology 201: 47–61.

Forsdyke DR (2000) X‐chromosome dosage compensation.


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Forsdyke, Donald R(May 2001) Muller, Hermann Joseph. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002422]