“Tall oaks fallen”: Three Pioneers of Chromosome Science

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Abstract

“As when, upon a tranced summer-night, Those green-robed senators of mighty woods, Tall oaks, branch-charmed by the earnest stars, Dream, and so dream all night without a stir.”

William Butler Yeats

The past 12 months saw the loss of three “tall oaks”-pioneers in the molecular and cell biology of chromosomes: David Prescott, Paul Doty and Oscar Miller. Here I offer remembrances of each of them, not as definitive memoirs but simply with the goal of informing the next generation about pioneers whose names they may hardly know today.

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