Recollections of the British muscle dining club, one origin of the European muscle congress
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The British muscle dining club was one of the precursors of the European muscle congress. Post-WWII muscle science in Britain originated in 1954 with two classic papers in a single issue of Nature, Huxley and Niedergerke (1954) and Huxley and Hanson (1954). These papers established the sliding-filament model for the contraction of striated muscle, in which the two major proteins in muscle (myosin and actin) are contained in separate thick and thin filaments. This happened also to be the year when I arrived in October at King’s College London as a demonstrator in physics and became effectively Jean Hanson’s first graduate student there. I had decided to study the applications of physics to biology the previous year, after reading about the Watson–Crick DNA structure while I was a final-year undergraduate in Oxford.