East-West relations in the mouse world

A historical perspective

Akie Sato, Jan Klein

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Abstract

Population genetics of the house mouse, Mus musculus/domesticus, has become a "hot" area of research, in which the biochemical-molecular approach has largely replaced the more traditional morphological-anatomical methods of investigation. In this essay - commemorating Professor Uzi Rittes recent passing - the authors, one of whom abandoned mouse genetics some 30 years ago, offer a historical perspective in which they point out the confusion that has accompanied mouse taxonomy from its modern beginnings. They then tender their view of the problems associated with the biochemical-molecular studies of mouse taxonomy and speciation. They conclude with a plea to rely less on abstract models and more on empirical data and mouse biology, and for a return to the Heraclitean-Darwinian view of nature in taxonomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-196
Number of pages8
JournalIsrael Journal of Ecology and Evolution
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2013

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Sato, Akie ; Klein, Jan. / East-West relations in the mouse world : A historical perspective. In: Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution. 2013 ; Vol. 59, No. 4. pp. 189-196.
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East-West relations in the mouse world : A historical perspective. / Sato, Akie; Klein, Jan.

In: Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, Vol. 59, No. 4, 02.12.2013, p. 189-196.

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