Prof. Gregory Morgan (Associate Professor, Philosophy and Director of the College of Arts and Letters’ Graduate Program in Technology, Policy, and Ethics) was recently awarded the Sydney Brenner Research Scholarship at the Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL).
The Laboratory was founded in 1890 and was one of the first institutions in the world to specialize in genetics research. It is a pivotal research institution for the advancement of molecular biology and for many years was directed by James Watson, who co-discovered the structure of DNA and will be one of the subjects of Prof. Morgan’s research project.
The scholarship, named after the Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner, is awarded each year to an individual researcher seeking to advance knowledge in the history of molecular biology, genetics, or biotechnology. For Prof. Morgan, the scholarship will allow him to conduct research into the history of the study of cancer-causing viruses, which he will then use to explore a more general understanding of scientific discovery.
In addition to archival research at CSHL, Morgan plans to interview many virologists including at least three Nobel laureates associated in one way or another with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory during the mid 1960s to mid 1980s. These scientists led the country in cancer research and were responsible for discovering the first oncogenes and uncovering the basic biology that eventually lead to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for cervical cancer. The goal of Prof. Morgan’s work is a book provisionally titled Cancer Virus Hunters.
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