This slim volume is the most interesting and stimulating publication in human cytogenetics in recent years. It is the result of outstanding investigations carried out by the editor and his co-workers at the Clinical Effects of Radiation Research Unit in Edinburgh, and it analyses and reflects on work presented previously from this group, with the addition of further data.
The text is divided into the following four chapters:
Chromosome studies on the general population.
The identity of the chromatin-positive male.
The Y chromosome.
Structural heterozygosity of the autosomes. They are illustrated by numerous excellent photographs and tables.
Lest the title be misunderstood, the term "population cytogenetics" is not intended to signify the existence of a discipline comparable to classical population genetics, but cytogenetics of the normal population and various subgroups, an area of investigation led by the editor and his co-workers for many years.