Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Date



Interview, Jackson Laboratory, History, Scientists, Transcript, Susan Mehrtens

JAX Location

The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

JAX Source

The Jackson Laboratory Historical Archives


Susan Mehrtens' Note:

We have in this tape the recollections of one of the most prolific authors in the field of mouse mutants, an indefatigable co-worker of Margaret Dickey, Margaret Green and currently, Muriel Davison. Full of scientific terms, this tape reveals clearly Lane's thorough absorption in the field to which she has devoted nearly the last forty years of her life. Toward the end of this tape, Lane alludes to Earl Green's sexist attitude, which other women have also mentioned to me on and off tape. Lane also waxes eloquently here about her efforts to establish a hiera'rchy within the ranks below staff scientist, to allow research assistants some career recognition and incentive in terms of ambition and promotion. Lane is a direct, articulate, dedicated no-nonsense person and this tape reflects her style. It also makes clear why she is regarded by many scientists I have interviewed as one of the key persons at the Lab, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field of mouse mutants and mouse genetics~ Value this tape as representing one of the few from a woman assistant, as well as one of the most scientific and articulate in this collection. As a non-Ph.D. scientist, looking at the Lab professional hierarchy from outside the "scientific staff," Lane's perspective is unique.