Goldschmidt, Richard Benedict

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Richard Goldschmidt was one of the cofounders of physiological developmental genetics who studied the effects of genes on sex determination in Lymantria. He is best known as an unorthodox theorist, who proposed an early model of regulatory mutations and coined such terms as "hopeful monsters", describing large phenotypic changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780080961569
ISBN (Print)9780123749840
StatePublished - Feb 27 2013


  • Chromosomal rearrangements
  • Evolutionary developmental biology
  • Gene concepts
  • Goldschmidt, Richard B.
  • Lymantria
  • Mutation
  • Position effect
  • Regulatory genes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Medicine


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