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Festvortrag: Electron microscopy in morphology and molecular biology

  • Francis O. Schmitt
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Abstract

Electron microscopy, in scarcely more than two decades, has led to revolutionary new concepts of cell structure and the mechanism of basic life processes. In many instances biological systems have been observed at or near the molecular level. These advances become the more significant because of profound parallel discoveries in biochemistry, biophysics, and biophysical chemistry in about the same period. The fusion of these sciences into a single unified effort has already been begun, leading toward what may appropriately be called molecular biology, a term early employed by one of the pioneers in the field, W. T. Astbury.

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  • Francis O. Schmitt
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  1. 1.Biology DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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