Lyskeno, wrote Martin Amis in Koba the Dread, supported Jean-Baptiste Lamarck's opinion that hereditary characteristics could be acquired throughout an organism's lifetime and passed on to its offspring. He denied Gregor Mendel's theory of genetics.
He would have been unknown had his thoughts not reinforced Soviet ideology under Joseph Stalin. Lysenko saw genetics as right-wing; they appeared to imply change was impossible. Lamarck's theory proposed that nature itself could be changed.
Stalin found Lysenko's views appealing — and millions died of famine as a consequence.
Sam Kean recalled in The Atlantic in 2017:
"In the late 1920s and early 1930s Joseph Stalin—with Lysenko's backing—had instituted a catastrophic scheme to "modernize" Soviet agriculture, forcing millions of people to join collective, state-run farms. Widespread crop failure and famine resulted. Stalin refused to change course, however, and ordered Lysenko to remedy the disaster with methods based on his radical new ideas. … Stalin still deserves the bulk of the blame for the famines, which killed at least 7 million people, but Lysenko's practices prolonged and exacerbated the food shortages. … Scientists who refused to renounce genetics found themselves at the mercy of the secret police. The lucky ones simply got dismissed from their posts and were left destitute. Hundreds if not thousands of others were rounded up and dumped into prisons or psychiatric hospitals. Several got sentenced to death as enemies of the state or, fittingly, starved in their jail cells (most notably the botanist Nikolai Vavilov)."
This past Thursday, the Journal published a scientific letter titled, "On Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons." The phrase "pregnant persons" means that biological females who identify as males are males.
This is something entirely different than treating female-to-male transgender adults as men to be polite or culturally sensitive.
Opposite to what left-wing dogma often maintains, Americans are a tolerant people.
Many Americans are prepared to accept and embrace transgender individuals, provided they are adults and do not interfere with the rights and privacy of other people.
Moreover, many are ready to use other people's preferred pronouns — maybe with the exception of "they" or "them" for a single individual. (The writer Joyce Carol Oates recently prophesied that the pronoun "they" would never come into common usage for individuals; she later apologized to critics on social media.)
What people are less prone to accept, though, is the belief that transgender identity should be reinforced at school or that it can erase underlying biological science.