Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

The Genentech Center, a part of the CSHL Archives, focuses on documenting the basic scientific research that underpinned the development of molecular biology and biotechnology. This research, carried out initially in academic laboratories, led to the development of recombinant DNA techniques, which in turn stimulated entrepreneurial scientists to create biotechnology companies.

The mission of the Genentech Center is to identify, acquire, preserve, digitize, and promote the original correspondence, papers, and research material of the individuals and institutions that were crucial to the development of molecular biology and biotechnology worldwide.

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Collections contain personal correspondence, laboratory notebooks, photographs, reprints and videos.

Personal Collections:

brenner Sydney Brenner
carlson2Elof Carlson
gilbert Walter Gilbert
muller Hermann J. Muller
BruceWallaceBruce Wallace
weissmannCharles Weissmann
yanofskyCharles Yanofsky
zinderNorton Zinder

History of Science Annual Meeting at CSHL

HIV/AIDS Research: Its History & Future

October 13 - 16, 2016
Registration & Poster Deadline: Oct 1, 2016

Robert Gallo, Inst. of Human Virology,
Univ of Maryland School of Medicine
    John Coffin, Tufts University,      Mila Pollock, CSHL
     Bruce Walker, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT & Harvard

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is pleased to announce the sixth meeting on the history of science organized by the Laboratory's Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and the CSHL Meetings & Courses Program. Entitled "HIV/AIDS Research: Its History & Future", this meeting will seek to address the history of HIV/AIDS research over the last three decades. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 13, and finish with a public event in the late afternoon on Sunday, October 16, 2016.

Previous CSHL Genentech Center Meetings


digitalcollections3 symposium
In June 2005, the Josiah Macy Foundation awarded the CSHL Library & Archives a grant to conduct a pilot project to digitize and catalog selected materials from our archival collections. History of the Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology describes the focus of each Symposium, participant list and photographs.
Oral History

oral history

Oral History Collection consists of more than 175 video interviews with pioneers and prominent contemporary scientists in molecular biology, genetics and biotechnology.