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Books, Journals, New Media
January 17, 2001

DNAA Passion for DNA: Genes, Genomes, and Society

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(3):342. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.342-JBK0117-4-1

This fine book chronicles the distinguished career of Nobelist James D. Watson, PhD, in a series of crisp essays written between 1966 and 1997, with "introductory and concluding essays" by his long-time friend, biophysicist Walter Gratzer. The collection is stunning. Dr Watson, the "Friend of DNA," describes the history of DNA, and microbiology in general, in a series of complementary perspectives. In addition to his scientific career, he has always aspired to excellence in writing, succeeding admirably at both. He characterizes himself and his colleagues with insight as he recounts a consuming half century search into the secrets of the genes, replete with glimpses of notable individuals and their methods.

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