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Article Title

Purebred?

Document Type

Article

Abstract

A notion of "purity" and connotations of cleanliness, neatness, stability, uniformity, worthiness and admirable values click through our mental processes. After all, that's what we learn in biology, especially the genetic section, don't we? Well, maybe it's colored a bit by the horticulturalists' and stock breeders' influence, and dog and cat fanciers who want pedigree papers and conformity to some arbitrary standard. Poultry and small pet fanciers have about the same attitude, but rely less on papers. But "purebred" is jargon--at worst meaningless in the context of conflicting usages, and contemptuous in use by a more sophisticated group--breeders or teachers versus laymen or students. At best, it is peculiar to the biologist's profession of one type or another.

Publication Date

April 1977

Journal Title

Iowa Science Teachers Journal

Volume

14

Issue

1

First Page

37

Last Page

38

Copyright

© Copyright 1977 by the Iowa Academy of Science

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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