Arthur Kornberg

March 3rd

  • American biochemist and physician who shared the 1959 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (with Severo Ochoa) for the “discovery of the mechanisms in the biological synthesis of deoxyribonucleic acid”.
  • Kornberg showed not only how DNA molecules are duplicated both in nature within bacterial cells, but also isolated the first DNA polymerising enzyme (1958).
  • His research included studying the nucleic acids which control heredity in animals, plants, bacteria and viruses.

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