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For the Love of Enzymes


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Foreword Joshua Lederberg Preface 1. The Vitamin Hunters 2. Joining the Enzyme Hunters 3. Never a Dull Enzyme 4. Bless the Little Beasties 5. The Synthesis of DNA 6. Creating Life in the Test Tube 7. Astonishing Machines of Replication 8. Frontiers in Replication 9. Gene Hunters and the Golden Age 10. Reflections on My Life in Science Chronology Bibliography Glossary Index

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Arthur Kornberg received a Nobel Prize for the laboratory synthesis of DNA. He is currently Professor of Biochemistry, Stanford University School of Medicine.


Claiming he has never met a ``dull enzyme,'' Kornberg has devoted his life to pursuing and purifying these critical protein molecules. Awarded the Nobel Prize (with Severo Ochoa) in 1959 for his work on DNA synthesis, Kornberg has also played a principal role in the establishment of Stanford's biochemistry department and has produced two major volumes on DNA synthesis and replication. This account traces a history of achievement in biochemistry by many dedicated individuals and makes a strong case for basic biochemical research. While Kornberg writes clearly and convincingly about his genuine and total fascination for enzymes, the descriptions of significant experiments will be intelligible only to students or professionals in the field. The book is most appropriate, therefore, for academic collections.-- Laurie Bartolini, Lincoln Lib., Springfield, Ill.

Kornberg is a gifted writer and the book contains sentences of both wisdom and beauty...For the Love of Enzymes is at the same time charming, stimulating and informative, a reflection of its author. If widely read--and I very much hope it is--it will greatly contribute to the scientific education of the public. -- Efraim Racker Nature A well-written history of the field and Kornberg's role in it, full of explanations of the science itself and clear-eyed observations about the process of research. Readers will find here the first-rate mind of a first-rate scientist, and there is pleasure in that. It is rare to read such a lucid account of epoch-making science. -- Lee Dembart Los Angeles Times Kornberg's book shines with a love of science...Let us hope that there are those like him today who will, in 50 years' time, be able to inform, instruct and amaze us with a book such as this. -- Maxine Clarke New Scientist This is the life of a great scientist, told with modesty and wit. -- Peter Gorner Chicago Tribune Kornberg's new book For the Love of Enzymes...traces the origins and development of his research on the biosynthesis of DNA, work that was to bring him a Nobel Prize in 1959. Although largely devoted to science, the book is written from a distinctly personal point of view, which adds greatly to its interest not only because of what we learn about Kornberg the man but also because of the light it sheds on how the personality of a researcher may be reflected in the style of his work...The fusion of biochemistry and genetics that has led to the dramatic emergence of molecular biology and genetic engineering in the past few decades is perhaps the most notable event in science in the later 20th century. For the Love of Enzymes offers a unique and fascinating insight into the life and thought of a man whose work was at the center of these grand developments. -- Eugene Kennedy Science This is a first-rate book. I had difficulty in putting it down. Kornberg is refreshingly frank and writes with a lively wit as well. It has a wealth of important biochemical facts and history, which are brought to life with clarity and style. The book is a paradigm for how to convey factual information in a way that is easy to remember and to enjoy. -- Paul Schimmel Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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