The Genome and Beyond

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The Genome and Beyond HIST 108 November 30, 2011 Prof. November
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Biomedicine and Hope Popular belief in ability of science to improve health of individuals and societies Eugenics (out), Psychoanalysis (out) What’s in? Genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, medical informatics, genetic engineering, bioengineering, nanotechnology
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Science and Prestige in 21st Century America Science and tech work in the USA are highly inclusive Race, nationality, gender barriers falling “Brain Drain” and immigration of talent Nobel Prize (Sweden) carries most prestige Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine
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What is Life ? Erwin Schrödinger, What is Life ? (1942) Living things seem to violate second law of thermodynamics Max Delbrück (Caltech): Phage Group bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) Search for negentropy (“negative entropy”) Training of young American scientists
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Watson and Crick James Watson (1928) University of Chicago B.Sc. 1947 Salvador Luria’s protégé, Indiana University Satellite lab of Caltech Phage Group Ph.D. 1950 (Indiana U.) Francis Crick (1916-2004) University College London, B.Sc. 1937 WWII research on mines – career interrupted Pursues Ph.D. in “molecular biology” starting in 1947
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course HIST 108 taught by Professor Dr.november during the Fall '11 term at South Carolina.

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