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

Marks, John


John Marks


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
Keywords Lysenko, Jacques Monod, François Jacob, Molecular Biology, Genetics
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