Lederberg, Joshua


Joshua Lederberg (1925–2008), American microbiologist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1958, played a major role in the creation and development of bacterial genetics.

Keywords: bacterial genetics; transduction; infectious diseases; biological weapons; exobiology

Further Reading

Brock TD (1990) The Emergence of Bacterial Genetics. Cold Spring Harbor: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Lederberg J (1959) Genes and antibodies. Science 129: 1649–1653.

Lederberg J (1960) Exobiology: approaches to life beyond the earth. Science 132: 393–400.

Lederberg J (1986) A fortieth anniversary reminiscence. Nature 324: 627–628.

Lederberg J (1987) Genetic recombination in bacteria: a discovery account. Annual Review of Genetics 21: 23–46.

Lederberg J (ed.) (2000) Encyclopedia of Microbiology, vols 1–4. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Lederberg J and Cohen WS (eds) (1997) Biological Weapons: Limiting the Threat. Cambridge, MA: BCSIA Studies in International Security.

Lederberg J and Tatum EL (1946) Gene recombination in E. coli. Nature 158: 558.

Morange M (1998) A History of Molecular Biology. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Morse SS (2008) Joshua Lederberg (1925–2008). Science 319: 1351.

Zinder N and Lederberg J (1952) Genetic exchange in Salmonella. Journal of Bacteriology 64: 679–699.

Zuckerman H and Lederberg J (1986) Postmature scientific discovery? Nature 324: 629–631.

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Morange, Michel(Dec 2009) Lederberg, Joshua. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0002855.pub2]