Furthering the Science of Genetics

4 Jun

What would the McCarty’s have to do with Genetics?  You would not have to be a quick study to see that we have some of the best genetics ever gifted by the hand of providence.  However there is more to it than just that.

The entire field of modern genetics and molecular biology rests upon the shoulders of three men:  Oswald Avery, Colin MacLeod, and Maclyn McCarty.  In the Avery–MacLeod–McCarty experiment they demonstrated that it was DNA that contained the hereditary material (genes). Previous to this, it was thought that proteins must have contained such information.  DNA was not given much thought and was thought by many to be some sort of support structure to the cell.

Maclyn’s contribution to science did not end there though. His work with rheumatic fever helped to bring better understanding to the disease but also detect and diagnose it. The methods he developed for testing is standard medical practice today.

Macyln McCarty’s life was full of many other notable achievements and can be found here.

As for further reading on his chief contribution to science, it is best to get it from him, his memoir can be found here.

One Response to “Furthering the Science of Genetics”

  1. ian mccarty August 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    wow thats interesting! im dating a macleod right now too! Chloe is her name. her mother is greek. Good genes eh? I think we’ll have cute babies 🙂

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