the next great idea in molecular biology

Posted by Jim Andrews | Thu Dec 15th 2005 5:21 a.m.

i saw james watson (who's from chicago) on tv tonight (one of the
discoverers of dna). he has a new book out: 'Darwin: The Indelible Stamp;
The Evolution Of An Idea'.

he said that the two greatest ideas, so far, in molecular biology are
darwin's theory of evolution and dna. he also said that an idea of equal
stature, yet to be discovered, is how the brain stores information. the
discovery of that will be the next great idea in molecular biology, he said.

may we live to see that day. we probably will. and computer scientists will
probably be influential therein. because although the biology is paramount,
the possible architectures are not a matter of biology but of data structure
and information processing, which is more the realm of the computer
scientist than the molecular biologist.

watson said that if he were young, that's the problem he would try to solve.

ja
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  • W. Logan Fry | Thu Dec 15th 2005 9:17 p.m.
    Jim -

    Hope you like this - the solution structure of the Cdc13 DNA-binding domain in complex with telomeric DNA (only Cdc13 DNA-binding domain shown). It is set to sme of Golan Levin's "Dialtones." The movie was rendered in POV Ray, free source. Yup, molecular biologists using the tools of computer scientists.

    Here's the link:

    http://dmoma.org/lobby/movies/cdc13/cdc13.html

    Please exuse the atrocious background and back icon. That was years ago.

    Btw - I will have a new "Brain Scan Movie" up by this weekend. Called "Desire."

    - Logan
  • Jim Andrews | Thu Dec 15th 2005 10:37 p.m.
    > Jim -
    >
    > Hope you like this - the solution structure of the Cdc13
    > DNA-binding domain in complex with telomeric DNA (only Cdc13
    > DNA-binding domain shown). It is set to sme of Golan Levin's
    > "Dialtones." The movie was rendered in POV Ray, free source.
    > Yup, molecular biologists using the tools of computer scientists.
    >
    > Here's the link:
    >
    > http://dmoma.org/lobby/movies/cdc13/cdc13.html
    >
    > Please exuse the atrocious background and back icon. That was
    > years ago.
    >
    > Btw - I will have a new "Brain Scan Movie" up by this weekend.
    > Called "Desire."
    >
    > - Logan

    Hi Logan,

    As usual, I don't have a clue what it means, but it looks intriguing, like a glyph in a moist molecular language.

    I came across a couple of poetical passages by Darwin:

    "Man with all his noble qualities, with sympathy which feels for the most debased, with benevolence which extends not only to other men but to the humblest living creature, with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system--with all these exalted powers--Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin."
    from The Descent of Man (1871)

    "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."
    from The Origin of Species (1859)

    ja
    http://vispo.com
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