Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology / Edition 1

Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology / Edition 1

by Horace Freeland Judson, Judson
     
 

In this classic book, the distinguished science writer Horace Freeland Judson tells the story of the birth and early development of molecular biology in the US, the UK, and France. The fascinating story of the golden period from the revelation of the double helix of DNA to the cracking of the genetic code and first glimpses of gene regulation is told largely in the

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In this classic book, the distinguished science writer Horace Freeland Judson tells the story of the birth and early development of molecular biology in the US, the UK, and France. The fascinating story of the golden period from the revelation of the double helix of DNA to the cracking of the genetic code and first glimpses of gene regulation is told largely in the words of the main players, all of whom Judson interviewed extensively. The result is a book widely regarded as the best history of recent biological science yet published.

This commemorative edition, honoring the memory of the author who died in 2011, contains essays by his daughter Olivia Judson, Matthew Meselson, and Mark Ptashne and an obituary by Jason Pontin. It contains all the content added to previous editions, including essays on some of the principal historical figures involved, such as Rosalind Franklin, and a sketch of the further development of molecular biology in the era of recombinant DNA.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879694784
Publisher:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Edition description:
Expanded Edition
Pages:
714
Sales rank:
599,541
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.41(d)

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Table of Contents

Reminiscences
Foreword to the Commemorative Edition
Horace Freeland Judson Obituary
Growing Up with The Eighth Day: A Reminiscence
Preface to the Commemorative Edition
Horace Judson (1931-2011)
Preface to the expanded edition
Foreword to the expanded edition
Foreword to the first edition

Part I: DNA Function and Structure: The elucidation of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, the genetic material
1. "He was a very remarkable fellow. Even more odd then, than later."
2. "DNA, you know, is Midas' gold. Everybody who touches it goes mad."
3. "Then they ask you, 'What is the significance of DNA for mankind, Dr. Watson?'"

Exhibits
"Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid," by J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick. Nature, 171 (25 April 1953), pages 737-738
"Genetical Implications of the Structure of Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid," by J.D. Watson and F.H.C. Crick. Nature, 171 (30 May 1953): 964-967

INTERLUDE
On the State of Molecular Biology Early in the 1970s
4. On T.H. Morgan's deviation and the secret of life

Part II: RNA The Functions of the Structure: The breaking of the genetic code, the discovery of the messenger
5. "The number of the beast"
6. "My mind was, that a dogma was an idea for which there was no reasonable evidence. You see?!"
7. "The gene was something in the minds of people as inaccessible as the material of the galaxies."
8. "He wasn't a member of the club."

Part III: PROTEIN Structure and Function: The solution of how protein molecules work.
9. "As always, I was driven on by wild expectations."
10. "I have discovered the second secret of life."

CONCLUSION, 1978: "Always the same impasse"
EPILOGUE: "We can put duck and orange DNA togetherwith a probability of one."
AFTERWORD I: In Defense of Rosalind Franklin: The myth of the wronged heroine
AFTERWORD II: What Did Erwin Chargaff Contribute?
AFTERWORD III: Dawn of The Eighth Day

Notes
Index

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