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Papers of Nobel Scientist Added to Profiles in Science Web Site

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Papers of Nobel Scientist Added to Profiles in Science Web Site

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The National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced the release of the private research papers of one of the 20th century's most notable scientists--Dr. Joshua Lederberg. The papers have been added to NLM's new Web site, Profiles in Science. (http://www.profiles.nlm.nih.gov).

"Joshua Lederberg is a seminal figure in the world of molecular biology, and he has deservedly earned the sobriquet, 'father of molecular genetics,"' said Donald Lindberg, NLM's director. Lederberg's research was influenced by the scientific findings of Oswald Avery, another pioneer geneticist, whose papers are already electronically housed in Profiles in Science.

Lederberg won the Nobel Prize in Medicine at age 33 for scientific work started at age 20, which showed that bacteria can, in fact, reproduce through sexual recombination.

After winning the Nobel Prize, Lederberg continued to make creative discoveries. He became interested in computers in the late 1940s and collaborated with Stanford University computer scientists in the mid-1960s in the development of DENDRAL, one of the first "expert" or "knowledge-based" systems. …

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