Genentech Center

The Genentech Center 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. The Center conducts oral history interviews with prominent scientists who played key roles in the foundations of molecular biology and biotechnology.

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CENTER'S COLLECTIONS

The Center's 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

CSHL Genentech Center Conferences
on the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Messenger RNA:
From Discovery to Synthesis and Regulation in Bacteria and Eukaryotes

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, August 9 - 11, 2014
Registration Deadline: June 27, 2014

Organizers:
James Darnell, The Rockefeller University
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mila Pollock, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The CSHL Genentech Center Conferences on the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology is pleased to announce a special meeting on Messenger RNA: From Discovery to Synthesis and Regulation in Bacteria and Eukaryotes, which will be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The meeting will begin at 7 00 pm on Saturday, August 9, and will conclude after lunch on Monday, August 11

Previous meeting website: History of Restriction Enzymes

SELECTED MATERIALS FROM GENENTECH CENTER AND CSHL ARCHIVES COLLECTIONS

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.

International Meetings

Biotechnology: Past, Present & Future, CSHL, 2008
Archives & Oral History Meeting Banbury Center CSHL, 2005