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Merger of the Bio Lab and Department of Genetics 1963

By 1960, when Dr. Demerec retired, a proposal had been made to merge the Department of Genetics and the Biological Laboratory in order to better secure future research funding and more efficient operations. The scientists of the two institutions had begun working cooperatively since the 1930s with the advent of the yearly Symposia and by the mid-1950s were attending joint weekly meetings and seminar lectures. A merger would mean joint administration of the 2 Labs but the day to day research would continue unchanged. The page featured above, from the minutes of the Long Island Biological Association meeting on July 15, 1963, announces the completion of the merger and formation of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of Quantitative Biology. Note the new Board of Trustees, which was comprised of representatives from each of the nine participating institutions along with 3 additional appointed members, including Barbara McClintock.

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