Francis Crick's 104th Birthday

 Library & Archives is celebrating Francis Crick's 104th Birthday!

Francis Crick is best known for the discovery with Jim Watson of the DNA double helix, He was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his part in the discovery of DNA. 1961, Francis Crick and Sydney Brenner provided genetic proof that a triplet code was used in reading genetic material. Crick also made major contributions to x-ray crystallography.  His later research was in neuroscience and stimulated research on difficult problems like consciousness.

Cricks LegacyBrowse his digitized manuscript collection from the CSHL Archives.

Borrow books from the CSHL Library's Collection:

The astonishing hypothesis: the scientific search for the soul, by Francis Crick
What mad pursuit: a personal view of scientific discovery, by Francis Crick
Of molecules and men, by Francis Crick
The recent excitement in the coding problem, by Francis Crick
Francis Crick: hunter of life's secrets, by Robert Olby 
Francis Crick : discoverer of the genetic code 1st ed, by Matt Ridley
Crick, Watson, and DNA, by Paul Strathern

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Mukherjee Discussion - The Gene

The Center for Humanities and the History of Modern Biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY

A recording of this event is now available at:

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Sid Mukherjee
Pulitzer-prize winning author and oncologist at Columbia University

will discuss

The Gene: An Intimate History
his book and recent PBS documentary
of the same name
by Ken Burns and Barak Goodman

in conversation with

Matthew Cobb
University of Manchester professor
author of Life’s Greatest Secret, and
on-screen expert in The Gene

moderated by
Richard Sever, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a pioneering physician, oncologist, and author who has redefined our public discourse on human health, medicine and science.  A profoundly influential voice in the scientific community, he is best known for his books, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which earned him the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, and The Gene: An Intimate History which won international awards and was recognized by The Washington Post and The New York Times as one of the most influential books of 2016.  His published works exhibit an outstanding literary skill that has left an indelible mark on our culture, as The Emperor of All Maladies has been adapted into a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns, and was included among Time magazine’s 100 best nonfiction books of the past century.

Serving as a professor of medicine at Columbia University and as a staff cancer physician at the university’s medical center, Dr. Mukherjee generates hope for countless patients and families around the world, while revolutionizing our blueprint for healing.

Matthew Cobb is a Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. He has published extensively on the history of genetics, including his 2015 book Life’s Greatest Secret, and was one of the on-screen experts in The Gene. His latest books are The Idea of the Brain: The Past and Future of Neuroscience, and Smell: A Very Short Introduction.

Richard Sever, Ph.D. is Assistant Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press and Co-Founder of the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv. He has edited numerous books in molecular biology and worked as an editor on several journals.

Ludmila (Mila) Pollock, M.L.S. is Executive Director, Library and Archives, Center for Humanities and History of Modern Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Founder of the History of Science Meetings at CSHL.


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Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

In light of the ongoing spread of Covid19, the latest coronavirus outbreak, the Library is offerring informational resources.  This page will be updated daily.

This list will be updated regularly with additional information 


Finally, above all else, it is important to keep a clear head.  Hand sanitizers that contain >60% alcohol are effective at disrupting the viral envelope, but nothing is better than vigorous hand washing.  The video below starkly demonstrates with easy visuals how important it is to be thorough when you wash your hands in order to be effective.



The best way to combat the dangers that coronavirus pose is to help keep the medical infrastructure from being overloaded rapidly.  By slowing the spread of the virus, although hospitals may eventually treat the same total number of cases, they will not have to attempt to do so all at once.  Overtaxing the capacity of hospitals and clinics results in fatalities due to insufficient medical resources for symptoms that could be more easily treated in less overburdened times.  So remember to avoid exposure when possible, and, because someone could be a symptom-free carrier for almost a week before falling ill, wash your hands frequently to kill any virus you may have been exposed to

Stay healthy.  And if you are self quarantined, we recommend John M. Barry's excellent book on the 1918 Spanish Flu, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.


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Availability of Material

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This collection was processed under the grant History and Development of Molecular Biology: New Sources through the Hidden Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Collections (1890-1910), (NAS11-RB-50178-11). Funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. nhprc-2-m