Footnotes to Vavilov: An Essay on Gene Diversity
Although Russian scientist Nikolai Vavilov contributed greatly to the field of genetics, as he was one of the prominent geneticists of the Soviet Union and he served as the director of the Research Institute of Plant Breeding, he was arrested in 1940 because his works and contributions seemed to advocate Lysenkoism. Vavilov suffered much torture and over 400 interrogation sessions because of his contributions. Although his sentence was changed, Vavilov died in 1943 after falling ill due to the suffering he had experienced. Vavilov became the focus of two different debates, the first concerned the death of diversity while the other revolved around the Lysenko affair. This chapter looks into issues regarding science and various ideologies.
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