on the History
For these unique meetings, we invite speakers who made many of the seminal discoveries that began the field, as well as those who are working on the topic now. We also invite historians of science who have examined the topic, setting it in its scientific and societal context. Like the previous meetings in the series, these events provide an excellent opportunity to look in-depth at a topic and share the stories that are often missing from academic accounts.
Forty Years of mRNA Splicing: From Discovery to Therapeutics
For these unique meetings, we invite speakers who made many of the seminal discoveries that began the field, as well as those who are working on the topic now. We also invite historians of science who have examined the topic, setting it in its scientific and societal context. Like the previous meetings in the series, this meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to look in-depth at a topic and share the stories that are often missing from academic accounts.
HIV/AIDS Research: Its History & Future
Never before have the pioneers of the science of retroviruses, the discoverers of human retroviruses, the developers of HIV/AIDS therapeutics, and key figures in important research findings come together to discuss the history of the field. Together, this interdisciplinary group will review the key scientific, epidemiological, and clinical discoveries that created this field.
The Evolution of Sequencing Technology: A Half-Century of Progress — the meeting that brought together the major researchers involved in DNA sequencing since its inception in the 1960s. Prominent guest speakers examined the history of sequencing and how the technology has transformed the biological sciences over the past five decades.
History of Messenger RNA
This unique meeting explored the first formulation and proof of the messenger RNA (mRNA) idea, and how further research over more than five decades has expanded and updated the fundamental concept. The speakers, pioneers in the field of mRNA, presented their historic work from today's perspective.
Plasmids: History & Biology
A special meeting, entitled, Plasmids: History & Biology, was held from Sunday, September 21, to Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in the Hershey Laboratory, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. The meeting was hosted by the CSHL Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.
History of Restriction Enzymes
Organized by restriction enzyme pioneers Herb Boyer, Stu Linn, Rich Roberts, and by Mila Pollock, this was the first international meeting to bring together the scientists who were involved with the discoveries and research on restriction enzymes dating back to the 1950s and covering developments to the present time.
Envisioning the Future of Scientific Research Libraries
The meeting of librarians, information professionals, scientists, and research administrators, examined in detail how the world of research is changing and the impact these changes have on the direction of research libraries. Participants attempted to create an informed vision of how research libraries can be a vital partner to researchers, suggesting a strategic approach for realizing this vision.
Biotechnology: Past, Present and Future
What we think of as the biotechnology industry arose with extraordinary speed in the latter part of the 20th century through a remarkable interaction between entrepreneurial academic scientists and venture capitalists. Participants of this meeting examined how scientific and business worlds came together to define the industry of biotechnology.
History of Science: Archives and Oral History
This meeting took a historical survey of the role of scientific archives discussed importance of oral history in the development of science. Participants examined the challenges and perspectives posed to scientific libraries and archives in the digital age.
The meetings on the History of Science are organized by Genentech Center for the History
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