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The Role of Biochemistry

Rowland H. Davis

in The Microbial Models of Molecular Biology

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154368
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893935 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154368.003.0017
The Role of Biochemistry

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This chapter takes up three important areas in which continuing progress in molecular biology relied heavily on frankly biochemical orientation. It argues that the often understated contributions of biochemistry to molecular biology were actually substantial and in many cases indispensable to rapid progress. Many historians point only to the discovery of DNA as they extend their accounts from a brief mention of biochemical genetics. The nature and replication of phage could not have been appreciated without early biochemical characterizations. And the Central Dogma would have remained a poorly examined dogma indeed had it not gained the flesh that orthodox biochemists put on it between 1955 and 1965.

Keywords: biochemistry; molecular biology; model organisms

Chapter.  3989 words. 

Subjects: Biochemistry

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