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Nat Rev Genet. 2007 Nov;8(11):897-902. doi: 10.1038/nrg2200.

Opportunities for women in early genetics.

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Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Wayne State University, 5700 Cass Avenue, Room 2307, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA.


Although women have long been engaged in science, their participation in large numbers was limited until they gained access to higher education in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The rediscovery of Mendel's work in 1900 coincided with the availability of a well trained female scientific workforce, and women entered the new field in significant numbers. Exploring their activities reveals much about the early development of the field that soon revolutionized biology, and about the role of gender in the social organization of science.

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