The Two Languages of Biology


Title:
The Two Languages of Biology
Description:
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.
Extent:
8 pages
Creator:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Source:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Right Type:
Permission Granted - No Conditions
Right Statement:
Reproduced with permission of the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. and http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/
Subject:
Genetic Code
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBDN
NLM ID:
101584582X41
Genre:
Lecture notes
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 41. Folder: PP/CRI/E/1/17/10