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September 4, 1948

Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology. Volume XII: Nucieic Acids and Nucleoproteins

JAMA. 1948;138(1):102. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900010104042

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The present volume records the latest advance in the chemistry and biology of nucleoproteins made by laboratories in this country and abroad. The reviews are thorough, authoritative and of fundamental importance. They are of most value at present to workers in genetics, virology, bacteriology and the fields of protein metabolism. It is, however, possible to predict that the practice of medicine will be affected by further research in this field. Thorell, from Casperson's laboratory, has demonstrated changes in the nucleic acid content of the cytoplasm during the development and maturation of leukocytes and red blood cells. Maturity can now be expressed in chemical terms; which marks an advance in cell physiology. From the same laboratory, Hyden reports on protein and nucleic acid changes in nerve cells during stimulation and during the course of infection with virus. Pollister outlines some of the histochemical methods by which it is possible to gain

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