Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology

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This is an expanded edition of the landmark collection of 35 essays by pioneers of molecular biology that was first published in 1966 as a 60th birthday tribute to Max Delbrück. The book was hailed as "[introducing] into the literature of science, for the first time, a self-conscious historical element in which the participants in scientific discovery engage in writing their own chronicle. As such, it is an important document in the history of biology ." (Journal of History of Biology). On first publication it was recommended as "required reading for every student of experimental biology . [who] will sense the smell and rattle of the laboratory" (Bioscience). The book was a formative influence on many of today's leading scientists but has long been out of print. This new edition includes Gunther Stent's obituary of Max Delbrück, two commentaries on issues raised in the book reprinted from Scientific American and Science, and a new preface in which John Cairns reflects on the book's creation and molecular biology's "age of innocence.

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''There are those who cherish first editions, but the centennial edition, which contains everything in earlier versions, has a bonus beyond the inclusion of the gallery of photographs - it is cheaper than most of its well-worn predecessors. I heartily recommend the book to those who have never read these personal narratives of the early days of microbial genetics. All can benefit and learn from Phage and the Origins of Molecular Biology. Molecular biology is not dead! Long live the phage!'' --The Quarterly Review of Biology

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