Darwin-L Message Log 2:63 (October 1993)

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<2:63>From @UKCC.UKY.EDU:KIERNAN@UKCC.UKY.EDU  Mon Oct 11 13:05:44 1993

Date: Mon, 11 Oct 93 13:58:34 EDT
From: Kevin Kiernan <KIERNAN@UKCC.uky.edu>
Subject: Re: The term "locus"
To: Multiple recipients of list <darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu>

On Mon, 11 Oct 1993 11:54:35 -0500 Kent E. Holsinger said:

>O'Hara asked where the term "locus" was first used to describe the position
>of a gene on a chromosome.  He correctly surmised that T. H. Morgan was
>involved.  The citation I have is:
>Morgan, T. H., A. H. Sturtevant, H. J. Muller, and C. B. Bridges.  1915.  The
>  mechanism of Mendelian heredity.  H. Holt. & Co., New York.

According to the Supplement of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), the
earliest citation is 1913: "Jrnl. Exper. Zool. XV. 591.  White and eosin
are allelomorphic to each other, that is, they occupy the same locus
in the sex chromosome."  The second citation, for 1915, is the one Kent


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