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beanbag geneticsBohnenkorbgenetik (ger.)

  • In a metaphor Mayr compares the geneticist’s picture of an organism as an assemblage of genes with the accumulation of beans in a bag. (HWB)
    Each gene was essentially treated as an independent unit favored or discriminated against by various causal factors [...] Evolutionary change was essentially presented as an input or output of genes, as the adding of certain beans to a beanbag and the withdrawing of others [...] period of ›beanbag genetics‹
    Mayr, E. (1959). Where are we? Cold Spring Harbor Symp. Quant. Biol. 24, 1-14: 2.