Letter to Editor by Bruce Bauer, Medford mail Tribune, January 26th 2017

Soviet biologist Trofim Lysenko stymied Soviet genetics and plant breeding for decades with pseudo-scientific nonsense that appealed to Joseph Stalin. Denying evolution of traits through selection, Lysenko argued that acquired characteristics were inherited. Lysenko’s debunked lunatic theory appealed so much to Stalin that pseudo-science became the official Soviet Truth.


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