Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Haldane, John Burton Sanderson

British physiologist, geneticist, Marxist. With Fisher and Wright, promoted the theory of neo-Darwinism (1932). Haldane demonstrated that enzymes obey the laws of thermodynamics (1924), demonstrated linkage between hemophilia and color blindness (1936), and was among those who anticipated Hamilton regarding altruism and cost-benefit analysis (Id lay down my life for two brothers or eight cousins’). Another conundrum regarding genetic load led to Haldane’s dilemma (1957), which was later broached by Kimura.

See Haldane’s law.

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