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The Molecular Vision of Life: Caltech, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of the New Biology

By: LE Kay

376 pages, 31 photos

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jan 1997 | #83570 | ISBN: 0195111435
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Hardback | Dec 1993 | #22914 | ISBN: 0195058127
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The author argues that molecular biology did not evolve in a random fashion but, rather, was the result of systematic efforts by key scientists and their supporting foundations to direct the development of biological research toward a preconceived vision of science and society.

[Kay's] description of the establishment of this biology and her analysis of its implications represent an important contribution to our understanding of the social role of science in the late twentieth century. --The Historian
"As a contribution to the history of the American involvement in molecular biology, Kay's book is a work of considerable value, and it is written with clarity and intelligence." --Science


1. "Social Control:" the Rockefeller Foundation's Agenda in the Human Sciences, 1913-1933; 2. The Technological Frontier: Southern California and the Emergence of Life Science at Caltech; 3. Visions and Realitites: The Biology Division in the Morgan Era; Interlude 1 -- The Protein Paradigm; 4. From Flies to Molecules: Physiological Genetics in the Morgan Era; 5. A Convergence of Goals: From Physical Chemistry to Bio-Organic Chemistry; 6. The Spoils of War: Immunochemistry and Serological Genetics, 1940-1945; 7. Microorganisms and Macromanagement: Beadle's Return to Caltech; 8. The Molecular Empire

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