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The following is a primer on the state of biochemical research today. Based on papers presented at the sixth International Congress of Biochemistry in New York, July 26 to August 1, these excerpts have just scratched the surface of the dynamic advances in our understanding of cellular processes.
More than 6,000 scientists from around the world participated in the congress which was scheduled under the auspices of the International Union of Biochemistry at the invitation of the National Academy of Sciences.
Protein synthesis, genetic coding, and chemical therapeutics were leading topics of discussion. The model of DNA and the drawing of a cell (next page) are designed to serve as an introduction to the following selected reports from the congress.
Support for Selection Theory Of Formation of Antibodies
Recent work has lent strong support to the selection theory of formation of antibodies.G. L. Ada, MSc, and G. J. V.
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