A History of Molecular Biology

A History of Molecular Biology

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This text is a complete but compact account for a general readership of the history of the revolution within molecular biology. The author takes us from the beginning of the 20th century convergence of molecular biology's two progenitors, genetics and biochemistry, to the perfection of gene slicing and cloning techniques in the 1980s. Drawing on the work of American, English, and French historians of science, Michel Morange describes the major discoveries - the double helix, messenger RNA, oncogenes, DNA polymerase - but also explains how and why these breakthroughs took place. The text contains mini-biographies of the founders of molecular biology: Delbruck, Watson and Crick, Monod and Jacob and Nirenberg.

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  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 164.6 x 242.8 x 27.2mm | 696.71g
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English
  • 0674398556
  • 9780674398559

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Now, however, we have available in English a balanced, scholarly, and manageable survey of the history of molecular biology by Michel Morange, an author well-qualified to provide such a general history...His well-balanced account gives a very readable survey of this complex history, which should be useful to scientists, historians, and especially the general reader, as a point from which to view this important field of current science.--William C. Summers "Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences "

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