Southern Genes. Genetics and its Institutions in the Italian South, 1930s-1970s

Fabio De Sio, Mauro Capocci


The paper examines the historical vicissitudes of Genetics and Medical Genetics in the Mezzogiorno, focussing on the emergence of local traditions and their mingling with international trends. The development of these disciplines took place in a peculiar mix of politics and science that lead to a rapid growth in the 50s and the 60s, followed by an harsh crisis. Though important and enduring results were attained, Italian genetics community failed to maintain the status reached in the two preceding decades, and quickly moved to the periphery of international networks.



Key words: Genetics - Medical Genetics - Prenatal Diagnosis - Sex Determination - Italian Scientific Institutions

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