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Biography captures Sydney Brenner's unflagging scientific curiosity and lively personality
Date:9/22/2010

, who were about to unveil their structure of DNA at Cambridge University. With Crick, Brenner subsequently embarked upon an unusually close and successful collaboration at Cambridge that would last over the next twenty years, as they deciphered the nature of the genetic code as well as the essential elements of gene function. Brenner eventually redirected his efforts to C. elegans, a microscopic worm that became the model for understanding the complexities of multicellular organisms. In 2002, Brenner, with colleagues Robert Horvitz and John Sulston, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for their discoveries with this organism.

Brenner's reach has extended well beyond his own research to inspire new generations of young scientists and to promote the development of science and biotechnology around the world. In the 1970s, he entered the passionate debates over the use of recombinant DNA technology, and, in the early 1990s, he encouraged Britain's involvement in the Human Genome Project. He was Director of the renowned Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge during the 1980s. Later, he advised HHMI's Janelia Farm Research Campus, and helped to develop research and biotechnology in Singapore and restructure molecular biology in Japan.

This book tells the lively story, not only of Brenner himself, but of what came to be known as the "golden age" of biology. It will be of interest to scientists, students, and professionals in the life sciences, as well as science historians and the general public interested in science.


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