EXHIBITS: Making Modern Medicine

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Science  06 Dec 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5600, pp. 1853
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5600.1853d

Profiles in Science uses pages from lab notebooks, letters, audiotapes, diary entries, period photographs, and other documents to tell the stories of the 20th century's top biomedical researchers. The latest addition to this evolving site from the U.S. National Library of Medicine is physiologist Donald Fredrickson (1924–2002), former director of the National Institutes of Health, who refined our understanding of the foul-ups in fat metabolism that can spawn heart disease. He joins eight other profiled scientists, including Oswald Avery, whose clever experiments with bacteria confirmed that DNA is the genetic material; and Barbara McClintock, who showed that genes jump from place to place on chromosomes.


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