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Félix d'Herelle and the origins of molecular biology

Author: William C Summers
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A self-taught scientist determined to bring science out of the laboratory and into the practical arena, French-Canadian Felix d'Herelle (1873-1949) made history in two different fields of biology. Not only was he first to demonstrate the use and application of bacteria for biological control of insect pests, he also became a seminal figure in the history of molecular biology. This engaging book is the first full  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Summers, William C.
Félix d'Herelle and the origins of molecular biology.
New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©1999
(DLC) 98044302
(OCoLC)39849581
Named Person: Félix D'Herelle; Félix D'Herelle
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William C Summers
ISBN: 0585356572 9780585356570
OCLC Number: 47011823
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 230 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Contents --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
Chapter 1 Peregrinations of Youth --
Chapter 2 Fermentations: Guatemala and Mexico --
Chapter 3 Epizootics: Locusts in Argentina and Algeria --
Chapter 4 Bacteriophage Discovered --
Chapter 5 Reaction and Controversy --
Chapter 6 The Nature of Phage: Microbe or Enzyme? --
Chapter 7 The Origin of Life: Colloids and Protobes --
Chapter 8 The Hope of Phage Therapy --
Chapter 9 Fighting Cholera and Plague in India --
Chapter 10 Bacterial Mutations and Phage Research at Yale --
Chapter 11 To Tiflis and Back --
Chapter 12 Reflections and Legacies --
Appendix "On an Invisible Microbe Antagonistic to the Dysentery Bacillus" ("Sur un microbe invisible antagoniste des bacilles dysenteriques") by Felix d'Herelle (1917) --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: William C. Summers.

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A self-taught scientist determined to bring science out of the laboratory and into the practical arena, French-Canadian Felix d'Herelle (1873-1949) made history in two different fields of biology. Not only was he first to demonstrate the use and application of bacteria for biological control of insect pests, he also became a seminal figure in the history of molecular biology. This engaging book is the first full biography of d'Herelle, a complex figure who emulated Louis Pasteur and influenced the course of twentieth-century biology, yet remained a controversial outsider to the scientific community. Drawing on family papers, archival sources, interviews, and d'Herelle's published and unpublished writings, Dr. William C. Summers tells the fascinating story of the scientist's life and the work that took him around the globe.

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