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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich 1898-1976. Soviet biologist and agronomist. As director of the Institute of Genetics of the Soviet Academy of Sciences (1940-1964), he had an adverse effect on Soviet agricultural development because of his belief in the genetic theory that acquired characteristics can be inherited.

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  • n. Soviet geneticist whose adherence to Lamarck's theory of evolution was favored by Stalin (1898-1976)

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