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The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology /by Horace Freeland Judson
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In this classic, originally published 25 years ago and now reprinted with a new Afterword by the author on how he came to write the book, Judson tells the story of the birth and early development of molecular biology, in the US, the UK and France. In particular, the fascinating account of the remarkable golden period from the revelation of the double helix structure of DNA through to cracking the genetic code and solving the basic problems of how genes are regulated, is told largely in the words of the main players in the unfolding drama, all of whom were interviewed extensively by Judson in preparing this acclaimed volume. As well as the new Afterword that appears here for the first time, the current edition contains the material added by the author to the earlier "Expanded Edition" (CSHL Press 1996) on some of the principal figures involved, particularly Rosalind Franklin, together with the Afterword added at that time which sketches the further development of molecular biology into the era of recombinant DNA.
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A revised and expanded edition of Judson's 1978 history of the human and scientific origins of molecular biology, with new material on some of the principal figures involved, including Rosalind Franklin and Erwin Chargaff. Also includes a preface by Sir John Maddox, a new foreword, and an epilogue sketching the further development of molecular biology into the era of recombinant DNA.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Unavailable in the U.S. for many years, Horace Judson's remarkable lay history of molecular biology is now published in a new, expanded edition. The author has added new material on some of the principal figures involved, particularly Rosalind Franklin. Also included are a new Forward and an Afterword which sketches the further development of molecular biology into the era of recombinant DNA. No one active in current molecular genetics can fail to be informed and entertained by this extraordinary account of how it all began. Also highly recommended for students and interested lay people.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 639-693) and index.
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