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May 1, 2002

BiographyAhead of the Curve: David Baltimore's Life in Science

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


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by Shane Crotty, 270 pp, with illus,$29.95, ISBN 0-520-22557-0, Berkeley, University of California Press, 2001.

JAMA. 2002;287(17):2291-2292. doi:10.1001/jama.287.17.2291-JBK0501-3-1

The figure of David Baltimore casts an enormous shadow over the late 20th-century landscape of molecular biology and medicine. Ahead of the Curve documents, as the subtitle says, Baltimore's life in science, from high school to 1998 when he became president of the California Institute of Technology. The author, Shane Crotty (cryptically listed on the book jacket only as "Doctoral Fellow at the University of California"), ably outlines how Baltimore's work with viruses has led to remarkable discoveries about the molecular workings of all biological organisms.

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