East-West relations in the mouse world: A historical perspective

Akie Sato, Jan Klein

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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
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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