The advent of molecular biology began in the early 1930s as an amalgamation of various biological disciplines including microbiology, biochemistry, and genetics. Over the past half century, molecular biology has characterized the genes that dictate the processes of life and expanded the language of modern science. For the nonscientist, lack of understanding of this language precludes a working knowledge and appreciation of how molecular biology has revolutionized evolution, stem cell biology, molecular medicine, and disease pathogenesis.
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