Crick delivered this lecture, originally entitled "The Linear Languages of Biology," on October 29, 1969, as part
of the Cambridge Philosophical Society's sesquicentenary celebrations. On the same evening, his fellow Cambridge Nobel
Laureates John Kendrew and Max Perutz also gave lectures.
Crick here articulated the view of the genome as an information system, a linguistic text written in DNA code, with its own
syntax and grammar, to be read and edited by scientists. This view had come to prevail among molecular biologists during
the 1950s, the beginning of what was later called the information age. The metaphor of the genome as a script has guided
their theories and experimental practices ever since.
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Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers