Where the Truth Lies: Franz Moewus and the Origins of Molecular Biology

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Overview

A study of the molecular biologist's meteoric rise among the greatest scientists of the twentieth-century to his denunciation as the perpetrator of one of the most ambitious cases of fraud in the history of science.
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"Sapp gives a fascinating account of the controversy surrounding Frank Moewus' work and contributions to molecular biology....An outstanding commentary on the enigmatic, tragic life and person of Frank Moewus." Choice

"...a valuable critical review of the literature on scientific fraud..." Science

"The book does a superb job of unraveling the complexities inherent in assessing the validity of Moewus's work and its place in the history of life science....an important contribution to the history and philosophy of life science and a valuable addition to the studies of the social construction of scientific knowledge." Lily E. Kay, Isis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521365505
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/27/1990
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Is science fiction?; 2. Founding father fables: myth making in the history of genetics; 3. Sex and the simple organism: the 'real' origin of molecular genetics?; 4. Too good to be true and too true to be dismissed; 5. Mendel revisited: are all genetic reports faked?; 6. War crimes: gossip about Moewus and the failure of replication; 7. Fostering a new generation of geneticists; 8. Raising the stakes: a Nobel Prize for Moewus?; 9. Big biology and the politics of the Rockefeller Foundation; 10. Great expectations: Moewus abroad; 11. The Woods Hole trials.

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