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

Marks, John (2012) Jacques Monod, François Jacob, and the Lysenko affair: boundary work. Esprit Créateur, 52 (2). pp. 75-88. ISSN 1931-0234

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Lysenko, Jacques Monod, François Jacob, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of French and Francophone Studies
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1353/esp.2012.0020
Depositing User: Marks, John
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 07:41
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 03:35
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34418

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