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Genesis of the Salk InstituteThe Epic of Its Founders$
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Suzanne Bourgeois

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276079

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276079.001.0001

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Atoms in Biology

Atoms in Biology

(p.41) Chapter 4 Atoms in Biology
Genesis of the Salk Institute

Suzanne Bourgeois

University of California Press

Like Szilard, Max Delbrück was a physicist who turned to biology after WWII. The backgrounds of Delbrück and of Salvador Luria are reviewed. They linked up with Alfred Hershey to form the nucleus of the Phage Group. Cold Spring Harbor became a meeting and training center for molecular genetics, which gave rise to the new discipline of molecular biology. In 1947 Szilard took a phage course at Cold Spring Harbor and started networking with the founders of molecular biology. In 1956, Szilard and Jonas Salk first met and discussed the creation of a research institute in the area of public health. After the breakdown of negotiations in Pittsburgh, Salk considered the idea of involving outstanding molecular biologists recommended by Szilard.

Keywords:   Max Delbrück, Salvador Luria, Alfred Hershey, Phage Group, molecular biology, Cold Spring Harbor, Leo Szilard

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