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Academic & Professional Books  Organismal to Molecular Biology  Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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

By: LE Kay
376 pages, 31 photos
The Molecular Vision of Life
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  • The Molecular Vision of Life ISBN: 9780195111439 Paperback Jan 1997 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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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.


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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By: LE Kay
376 pages, 31 photos
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[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
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