My Uncle Harry had given me a microscope as a present which allowed me to continue my personal explorations of the living world.
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My parents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe my father came to South Africa from Lithuania in 1910, my mother, from Latvia, in 1922.
I also became interested in chemistry and gradually accumulated enough test tubes and other glassware to do chemical experiments, using small quantities of chemicals purchased from a pharmacy supply house.
I went in with Jack and Leslie, into this room that was lined with brick, and there on the side I can remember very clearly was this small model with plates for the bases - the original model with everything screwed together.
The moment I saw the model and heard about the complementing base pairs I realized that it was the key to understanding all the problems in biology we had found intractable - it was the birth of molecular biology.
Progress of science depends on new techniques, new discoveries and new ideas, provably in that order.
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I mean, there's a little bit that gets out, but for the most part, the thing that makes us work, and makes our family successful, and our life successful, is when we walk home and we walk into our doors of our house, all that other stuff is left outside. It's not a factor.
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In a few years there will be only five kings in the world the King of England and the four kings in a pack of cards.