Molecular Vision of Life Caltech, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of the New Biology


Molecular biology had its origins in chemistry and physical biochemistry between 1930 and the elucidation of DNA in the mid 1950s. Lily Kay argues that molecular biology did not "evolve" in a random fashion but, rather, was an expression of systematic efforts by scientists and the foundations they relied upon for financial support to direct the development of biological research toward a shared vision of science and society.

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