Friday, December 16, 2011

Quotes for Christmas No. 4

"In 1910 a Danish botanist, Wilhelm Johannsen, self-consciously invented the word gene.  He was at pains to correct the common mythology and thought a word might help."

By James Gleick, The Information.

As of today a search on the word "gene" in Google Patents yields 40,700 results.  It looks like the word stuck.  I'm sure there will be more later on Tuesday.

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