I am honored to have been invited to participate in this Workshop on Comparative Studies of Building Molecular Biology, with a discussion of Japanese experiences in constructing a science — in this case, the discipline of molecular biology. As I understand it, the construction of a science must be equivalent to building a new culture. My having given this title to my paper suggests that I have enough knowledge about the subject to perhaps even extrapolate its course into the future — which I do not. What I do have is a sincere admiration of my old friends and colleagues, in Japan and elsewhere, who together tried to build a new science of molecular biology in Japan.
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Uchida, H. Building a science in Japan: The formative decades of Molecular Biology. J Hist Biol 26, 499–517 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01062059
- Molecular Biology
- Japanese Experience