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The Origin of Molecular Biology

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Modern molecular biology encompasses a large variety of disciplines including genetics, haematology, virology, structural and developmental biology, medicine, neuroscience, physiology and cancer research. But it all started in the hands of physicists and chemists, whom were interested in crystallography, and began in the 1920s, investigate the structure of proteins, hormones and vitamins. This non-technical account of the origins of the subjects traces (up until the mid 1960s) the key advances made mainly in the Department of Physics in Munich, Leeds and Cambridge, in the Davy faraday Laboratory at the Royal Institution in London, the Department of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, and in the Chemical Crystallography Unit in Oxford. The personalities, commitments, and contributions of the major individuals that were the principal founders of current day Molecular Biology will be discussed.

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