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April 3, 2002

Molecular Biology: Operators and Promoters: The Story of Molecular Biology and Its Creators

Author Affiliations

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


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JAMA. 2002;287(13):1729-1730. doi:10.1001/jama.287.13.1729

As I began to read this book, I thought of an old joke: Two men walking in a desolate part of a big city are approached by a mugger. The mugger says that he is willing to spare whichever one of the two has made the greater contribution to human well-being. The first man immediately reaches into his pocket and presses his cash-filled billfold into the mugger's hands. "But I haven't had a chance to make my decision," the mugger protests. "Haven't you done anything worthwhile?" "Yes I have," responds the first man. "I'm a highly respected surgeon and I've saved the lives of many people. But you must understand. This guy with me is a molecular biologist. I just can't endure having to listen to his endless boasts about what he's done and how important it all is."