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Unformatted text preview: Science and Technology in the 20 th Century History 3c, Fall 2009 Week 8: The postwar transformation of biology Lecture 16: Biology in the nuclear age Soraya de Chadarevian Overview 1. Biologists’ participation in the challenges and opportunities of the nuclear age 2. Genetics in the nuclear age (Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission/ AEC funding for genetics/ human chromosomes research) 3. Radioisotopes from fallout (metabolic and ecological research/ Str 90 story) 4. Conclusions 1. Biologists’ participation in the nuclear age (1) Biologists as users of technologies and ‘by-products’ of nuclear research, e.g. radioisotopes Biological and medical research as ‘silver lining’ of deadly weapon research ‘in time the medical by-products of the atomic bombs will - directly or more likely indirectly -, save many thousands more lives than all the weapons of war destroyed.’ Wheelchair patient ‘ healed by atomic energy ‘ Collier‘s M agazine, May 5, 1947, p.14 (2) Political uses and strategic implications of biological research Political implications of radiobiological research Defining risks of radiations Government funding for radiobiological research...
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2011 for the course HIST 3C taught by Professor Porter during the Fall '07 term at UCLA.

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