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Unformatted text preview: Rennie; Scientific American, May 1993]. Unfor54 Scientific American August 1998 tunately, I had been remarkably unsuccessful in communicating my ideas to the AIDS research community. So, in an effort to become a more persuasive advocate, I decided to acquire a deeper understanding of the biology of HIV. Hence, the molecular biology lab. There, under the guidance of Nickolas Chelyapov (now chief scientist in my own laboratory), I began to learn the methods of modern biology. I was fascinated. With my own hands, I was creating DNA that did not exist in nature. And I was introducing it into bacteria, where it acted as a blueprint for producing proteins that would change the very nature of the organism. During this period of intense learning, I began reading the classic text The Molecular Biology of the Gene, co-authored by James D. Watson of WatsonCrick fame. My concept of biology was being dramatically transformed. Biology was no longer the science of things that smelled funny in refrigerators (my view from undergraduate days in the 1960s at th...
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