Synopses & Reviews
This bookand#160;relates how, between 1954 and 1961, the biologist Seymour Benzer mapped the fine structure of the rII region of the genome of the bacterial virus known as phage T4. Benzerand#8217;s accomplishments are widely recognized as a tipping point in mid-twentieth-century molecular biology when the nature of the gene was recast in molecular terms. More often than any other individual, he is considered to have led geneticists from the classical gene into the molecular age.
Drawing on Benzerand#8217;s remarkably complete record of his experiments, his correspondence, and published sources, this book reconstructs how the former physicist initiated his work in phage biology and achieved his landmark investigation. Theand#160;account of Benzerand#8217;s creativity as a researcher is a fascinating story that also reveals intriguing aspects common to theand#160;scientific enterprise.
and#8220;Holmes, a master of the historical fine-mapping of science, uses Benzerand#8217;s pathbreaking contributions to show how molecular biology and classical genetics converged in the mid-twentieth century.and#8221;and#8212;Angela Creager, Princeton University
"Famous for his exploration of the investigative pathways by which scientists have arrived at major discoveries, the late Professor Holmes has here applied this approach to Benzer's study of the fine structure of the genetic map of a bacterial virus.andnbsp;Scholarly, authoritative and a revelation."and#8212;Robert Olby, University of Pittsburgh
About the Author
The late Frederic Lawrence Holmes was Avalon Professor and chair for the Section of History of Medicine at Yale University. William C. Summers is professor of therapeutic radiology and molecular biophysics and biochemistry, as well as lecturer in history, at Yale University.
"Holmes, a master of the historical fine-mapping of science, uses Benzer's pathbreaking contributions to show how molecular biology and classical genetics converged in the mid-twentieth century."-Angela Creager, Princeton University (Angela Creager)