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Race, genetics and growth

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 September 2011

D. F. Roberts
Laboratory of Human Genetics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne


Much of our understanding of the biological differences between races has come with the development of human genetics. Surveys have established the frequencies of genetic characters known to be under the control of single genes and independent of environmental modification; comparisons of these frequencies in different populations have led to the resolution of many of the earlier outstanding problems of affinities between races and, with the support of experimental and associated investigations, to the identification and measurement of the processes that have given rise to race formation. With this information we can begin to appreciate the extent to which apparent differences are due to racial heritage and to environmental influences.

Physiological and psychological aspects
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1969

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