Beadle, George Wells


1903–1989 US geneticist who, with Edward L. Tatum, demonstrated the genetic control of enzyme synthesis whereby the production of each enzyme is controlled by a different gene: the ‘one gene–one enzyme’ theory.

Keywords: genetics; one gene–one enzyme; tatum; neurospora crassa; drosophila

Further Reading

Beadle GW (1945) Biochemical genetics. The Chemical Review 37: 15–96.

Beadle GW and Tatum EL (1941) Genetic control of biochemical reactions in Neurospora. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 27: 499–506.

Beadle GW and Beadle M (1966) The Language of Life: An Introduction to the Science of Genetics. New York: Doubleday.

Horowitz NH (1990) George Wells Beadle. Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences 59: 27–52.

Morange M (1998) The one gene–one enzyme hypothesis. A History of Molecular Biology, pp. 21–29. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

Olby R (1974) The Path to the Double Helix. London and Basingstoke: Macmillan.

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Power, HJ(Mar 2004) Beadle, George Wells. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002362]