Gene Action: Historical Account
Publisher: Oxford University Press | 2000 | 176 Pages | ISBN: 0195141318 | PDF | 7 MB
"Werner Maas has been part of the tidal movement of molecular biology since he was a graduate student in genetics at Columbia, almost 60 years ago. Informed by that close involvement, he has gone far beyond it in recounting the intricate story of gene action, with its innumerable actors and several Nobel Prizes. We get insightful glimpses into such personalities as Jacques Monod, Francois Jacob, George Beadle, Leo Szilard, Bernard Davis, and many others, whose luck in place and time conjured with their conceptual brilliance and experimental ingenuity to reveal for us the concrete clockwork machinery of the cell. So much has been written about the double helix, about gene structure, it is a valuable complement to see how these intricate parts play with one another to generate the dynamical drama of the living, functional organism."Joshua Lederberg, professor-emeritus, The Rockefeller University.