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Jacques Monod, François Jacob, and the Lysenko affair: boundary work

Marks, John

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John Marks john.marks@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

This article looks at the highly influential scientific work of François Jacob and Jacques Monod in the context of the Lysenko affair. It argues that Lysenkoism provided a stimulus to understand and interpret the science they were doing in the field of molecular biology in a particular way, leading to a crucial terminological shift from adaptation to induction in 1953. At a time when new geopolitical borders and barriers were being constructed, molecular biology claimed to have identified a rigidly policed border between the genetic material in the cell nucleus and the rest of the cell. Molecular biology was, in this sense, drawn into a form of intellectual Cold War.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2012
Journal Esprit Créateur
Print ISSN 0014-0767
Electronic ISSN 1931-0234
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 2
Institution Citation Marks, J. (2012). Jacques Monod, François Jacob, and the Lysenko affair: boundary work. Esprit Créateur, 52(2), doi:10.1353/esp.2012.0020
DOI https://doi.org/10.1353/esp.2012.0020
Keywords Lysenko, Jacques Monod, François Jacob, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Publisher URL http://muse.jhu.edu/article/480034
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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