Designs for Life: Molecular Biology after World War II

Designs for Life: Molecular Biology after World War II

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Soraya de Chadarevian
Cambridge University Press
Edition: First Edition, 2002-05-30
EAN 9780521570787, ISBN10: 0521570786

Hardcover, 444 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 2.5 cm

Molecular biology has come to dominate our perceptions of life, health and disease. In the decades following World War II, the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge was a world-renowned centre of this emerging discipline. It was here that Crick and Watson, Kendrew and Perutz, Sanger and Brenner pursued their celebrated investigations. Soraya de Chadarevian's important 2002 study was the first to examine the creation and expansion of molecular biology through the prism of this remarkable institution. Firmly placing the history of the laboratory in its broader institutional and scientific context, she shows how molecular biology was built at the lab bench and through the wide circulation of tools, models and researchers, as well as in governmental committees, international exhibitions and television studios. Designs for Life is a major contribution both to the history of molecular biology, and to the history of science and technology in post-war Britain.

Review of the hardback: 'De Chadarevian's historical account is recommended to all who are interested in the development of molecular biology.' Nature