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Daniel M. Nathans M.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1978
Nobel co-recipients Werner Arber, Hamilton O. Smith
National Medal of Science - Biological Sciences 1993

Physician, Molecular Biologist - Genetics. Restriction enzymes and their application to molecular genetics. Groundwork for human genome project, drug insulin. Able administrator - high signal-to-noise ratio.

"Valuable internship year in medicine with masterful clinician Robert Loeb; The glimpses of human strength and frailty that a physician sees are still with me."

History of Discovery

  1. Nathans, Daniel. Excerpt from Washington University lab notebook. Excerpt. Laboratory Notebook. 8 Images. 28 Sep 1953.
  2. The Daniel Nathans Papers, From Phage MS2 to Tumor Virus SV40, 1962-1970
  3. The Daniel Nathans Papers, Restriction Enzymes and the "New Genetics," 1970-1980
  4. Nathans, Daniel. Letter from Daniel Nathans to David C. Ward. Letter (correspondence). 2 Images. 22 Feb 1971
  5. Nathans, Daniel. Lab notes of electron microscopic images of E. coli B DNA. Excerpt. Laboratory Notebook. 30 Images. 9 Sep 1971
  6. Letter from Ernest Winocour and Weizmann Institute of Science to Daniel Nathans. 1 Image. 4 Nov 1971
  7. Nathans, Daniel. Letter from Daniel Nathans to Roy D. Schmickel. Letter, 2 Images. 8 October 1975
  8. The Daniel Nathans Papers, New Directions: Growth Signals and Cellular Responses, 1980-1999
Painting Tim Tompkins PaintHistory.com

Name: Daniel M. Nathans
Birth: 30 October 1928, Wilmington, DE, USA
Death: 16 November 1999, Baltimore, MD, USA
Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
Award: "for the discovery of restriction enzymes and their application to problems of molecular genetics"
Subject: Genetics, molecular biology
Portion of cash: 1/3
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