Conversations in Genetics, Volume 2 (2004)
Producer: Rochelle Easton Esposito
Sponsored by the Genetics Society of America (GSA) and initiated by Rochelle Easton Esposito in 1997, Conversations in Genetics interviews prominent scientists to record their thoughts and feelings about their research and the ideas that led them to their important scientific discoveries and accomplishments. The three goals of the Project are: "1) to preserve the history of the field [of genetics] for future generations; 2) to enrich the education of scholars of genetics on how important concepts originated; and 3) to promote full integration and use our historical heritage to advance current work." [quote from the Conversations in Genetics Project page at http://www.genestory.org/] Volume 2 includes interviews with 5 scientists who are interviewed by a scientific colleague. Those interviewed and interviewing are: Seymour Benzer by David Anderson; James Crow by Daniel Hartl; Ira Herskowitz by Jasper Rine; Dan Lindsley by Scott Hawley; and Janet Rowley by Alfred Knudson. "Seymour Benzer's experiments in genetics have had extraordinarily far-reaching consequences in modern biology. His groundbreaking work on fine structure mapping of the T4 rII locus defined the concept of the gene for the first time in terms that could be related to DNA, and led the way to understanding the genetic code, gene organization, and regulation." Other work opened a new field of neurogenetics and demonstrated the the genetic control of behavior could be studied using mutational analysis. He has received many awards. Dr. Benzer was interviewed by David Anderson. [description taken from the Conversations in Genetics website] "James F. Crow, one of the premier population geneticists of his generation, made seminal contributions to our understanding of random genetic drift, inbreeding, assortative mating, age- structured groups, and the evolutionary benefits of sexual reproduction." He is recognized as an excellent lecturer and writer and among many honors, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Daniel Hartl interviewed Dr. Crow. [description taken from the Conversations in Genetics website] "Ira Herskowitz's contributions to genetics and cell biology are renowned for their insightfulness, elegance and simplicity. A major theme in his studies was elucidating how master genetic switches work.....Ira was a gifted and inspiring teacher..." He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Jasper Rine interviewed Dr. Herskowitz. [description taken from the Conversations in Genetics website] "Dan Lindsley has been a leading figure in Drosophila genetics and biology for nearly sixty years. His early work on the behavior of chromosome aberrations provided key insights into the effect of heterochromatin on chromosome structure and function. His work with Larry Sandler on the role of gene dosage in the fly genome presaged modern genomic approaches to gene function. Dr. Lindsley was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He was interviewed by Scott Hawley. [description taken from the Conversations in Genetics website] "Janet D. Rowley has been an international leader in cancer research for more than thirty years beginning with her critical discovery that cancers can be caused by a specific reciprocal translocation chromosomal rearrangement." She has received many honors including the National Medal of Science. Dr. Rowley was interviewed by Alfred Knudson. [description taken from the Conversations in Genetics website]
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