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Cell Cognition

Barbara McClintock, Genome Self-Repair and Cell Cognition: A Revolutionary Vision for the Future of Biology

James A. Shapiro | Posted 05.09.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

In its early days, molecular biology promised to provide us with an explanation of life in terms of physics and chemistry. However, since the 1960s it has succeeded instead in amazing us with the richness and sophistication of intra- and inter-cellular control and communication networks.

Barbara McClintock, X-Rays, and Self-Aware, Self-Healing Cells

James A. Shapiro | Posted 05.08.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Dennis Bray names Barbara McClintock the first biologist to ask, "What does a cell know about itself?" What lay behind this question, a question that may astonish some to come from the first woman to receive a solo Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology?