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Klug, Aaron (Part 21 of 31). National Life Stories Collection: General

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  • Subjects

    Biophysics; Chemistry

  • Recording date

    2002-10-29, 2002-11-03, 2002-11-20, 2002-11-27

  • Recording locations

    MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

  • Interviewees

    Klug, Aaron, 1926-, (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Thompson, Katherine (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Talk about celebrations of 50th anniversary of double helix. AK knows all the participants and therefore talked at main celebrations at laboratory where Crick and Watson worked. Main celebrations on 25th April - 700 people present. MRC published book with extracts from talks. AK gave first talk on the history of the discovery. Crick did not come but sent nice message. Later more meetings and lectures by other members. Talk about lectures at Darwin College on DNA and one on 'fingerprinting' at Lady Mitchell Hall. AK spent last few months writing up papers - talks about problems of 'Zn fingers' on which he worked for the last 5 years. More talk about the celebrations, famous people attending. Opening by Duke of Edinburgh. Cambridge produced 13 Nobel Prize winners so far! Watson spoke about his own subject - stem cell research.. Celebrations in London - dinner at Guild Hall. Tony Blair could not come, sent Lord Sainsbury but invited people to Downing Street. More talks about stem cell research - on cycle cell anaemia - connection to Malaria - importance of Perutz haemoglobin discovery. More talk about Guildhall dinner and the people who were there. AK talks about his latest paper published in Nature on the solving of a new 'Zn finger' problem. He explains this work, how it had developed, and detailed explanation using his own techniques. Importance of this work, using biochemistry and cell biology!

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    Nobel Prize-winning chemist Aaron Klug in conversation about his life and work. Klug is most famous for his research into crystallographic electron microscopy.

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