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DNA Pioneers and Their Legacy

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DNA Pioneers and Their Legacy by Ulf Lagerkvist
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In this account of the origins of modern molecular biology, the lives of pioneering scientists in the field of nucleic acid research, and the discovery of DNA, Ulf Lagerkvist speaks not only to scientists but to students and general readers with an interest in science. The author, whose career in the nucleic acid field began in the late 1940s, recreates historical episodes from the 19th and early 20th centuries and introduces for a modern audience the scientists whose discoveries revolutionized the field of biology. Lagerkvist believes that knowledge of these pioneers as professionals and as human beings may help us see modern problems in a new light and appreciate the greatness of the reseachers who contributed to the foundations of molecular biology and biochemistry. Among these scientific pioneers was 19th-century biochemist Friedrich Miescher, discoverer of nuclein, the material now known as DNA. The book also explores early research into general problems of the chemistry of biological materials. Lagerkvist describes the research of such scientists as Albrecht Kossel, another early leading figure; Emil Fischer, who received the Nobel Prize in 1902 for his work on carbohydrates and purines and was regarded as the foremost chemist of his time; P.A. Levene, known for his discoveries concerning the structure of nucleotides and the way these nucleic acid building blocks are linked to one another; and Oswald T. Avery, often consdered the grandfather of molecular genetics.
Release date NZ
June 1st, 1998
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
33 b-w illus.
Imprint
Yale University Press
Pages
168
Dimensions
140x216x14
ISBN-13
9780300071849
Product ID
1821692

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