The Man Who Kicked Off the Biotech Revolution – Issue 44: Luck – Nautilus

January 30, 2017

The Man Who Kicked Off…#Biotech by @CarlZimmer H Smith for discovering restriction enzymes + a history of the term

“Trying to make sense of the failure, Wilcox suggested to Smith that the bacteria were destroying the viral DNA. He based his suggestion on a hypothesis proposed a few years earlier by Werner Arber, a microbiologist at the University of Geneva. Arber speculated that enzymes could restrict the growth of viruses by chopping up their DNA, and dubbed these hypothetical molecules “restriction enzymes.”” “}}