How to Win the Nobel Prize by J. Michael Bishop
An Unexpected Life in Science (Jerusalem-Harvard Lectures)

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In 1989 Michael Bishop and Harold Varmus were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discovery that normal genes under certain conditions can cause cancer. In this book, Bishop tells us how he and Varmus made their momentous discovery. More than a lively account of the making of a brilliant scientist, How to Win the Nobel Prize is also a broader narrative combining two major and intertwined strands of medical history: the long and ongoing struggles to control infectious diseases and to find and attack the causes of cancer.


Alongside his own story, that of a youthful humanist evolving into an ambivalent medical student, an accidental microbiologist, and finally a world-class researcher, Bishop gives us a fast-paced and engrossing tale of the microbe hunters. It is a narrative enlivened by vivid anecdotes about our deadliest microbial enemies--the Black Death, cholera, syphilis, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, HIV--and by biographical sketches of the scientists who led the fight against these scourges.


Bishop then provides an introduction for nonscientists to the molecular underpinnings of cancer and concludes with an analysis of many of today's most important science-related controversies--ranging from stem cell research to the attack on evolution to scientific misconduct. How to Win the Nobel Prize affords us the pleasure of hearing about science from a brilliant practitioner who is a humanist at heart. Bishop's perspective will be valued by anyone interested in biomedical research and in the past, present, and future of the battle against cancer.

 

About J. Michael Bishop

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J. Michael Bishop, M.D., is Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco.
 
Published June 23, 2003 by Harvard University Press. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Despite his book's encouraging title, Bishop--who won a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1989--cautions thatI have not written an instruction manual for pursuit of the prize. Instead, he

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Despite his book's encouraging title, Bishop--who won a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1989--cautions that""I have not written an instruction manual for pursuit of the prize."" Instead, he has written an amiable reflection on the experience of being a Nobelist, intertwined with some hi...

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And his description of the defining moment in the laboratory exemplifies his generosity and gentle spirit: he recalls a young scientist who, on the night of Saturday, 26 October 1974, completed a crucial experiment demonstrating that normal DNA contains gene sequences related to the SRC gene that...

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Bishop laments that he has not turned his work to bear directly on clinical disease, but his discovery and others that followed now impact directly on screening, genetic counseling, diagnosis, prognosis, and in some cases treatment of cancer.

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