Talk:Howard Martin Temin

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The concept of reverse transcription did not contradict the "Central Dogma" as origionally postulated by F. Crick in 1958, but rather the version of the "Central Dogma" proposed by J.D. Watson in 1958. Crick's theory allowed for the flow of sequntial information to flow back and forth between DNA and RNA, while Watson's version was unidirectional, preventing the flow of sequential infromation from RNA to DNA. Crick sent a letter to the academic jounal "Nature" to clear up this misconception in 1970 when this mistake was first made.

My resources for this information are: Crick, F., 1958 On Protein Synthesis. Symposia of the Society for Experimental Biology 12, pp. 138-167

Crick, F., 1970. Central Dogma of Molecular Biology. Nature 277, pp 561-563

Watson, J. D., 1965. Molecular Biology of the Gene, first Edition (New York: W. A. Benjamin) 09:26, 22 February 2007 (UTC)A Concerned Historian of Biology

I changed the age from 50 to 59, as there was a mistake (he was born 1934 and died 1994).

The article about Temin contains the following proposition:

"Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a long-time advocate against smoking, Temin died at the age of 59 from lung cancer, although he himself was never a smoker."

Is this information confirmed by a source? --WAL 11:03, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

I don't have a cite at hand for you, but this is correct. The sad irony of a non-smoking cancer researcher dying from lung cancer was noted at the time. It should be possible to find a reference for this. 18:34, 9 June 2006 (UTC)