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Naked Genes

  • Anna Kuchment
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Abstract

American medicine may have abandoned phages by the end of World War II, but the viruses were about to land a starring role in the budding field of molecular biology. A group of now-legendary scientists plucked phages from near-obscurity and used them to peer into the fundamental building block of life: the gene. In doing so, they unraveled many of the mysteries that had long confounded phage researchers: whether or not phages are living organisms, how, if at all, they destroy bacteria and, on a more basic level, how they look.

Keywords

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Phage Therapy Fundamental Building Block Phage Protein Phage Group 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Advances Scientific AmericanNew YorkUSA

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