2011.04 Newsletter

CSHL Library & Archives Celebrates National DNA Day

April 15, 2011

Laboratory Authors' Publications Database

hl authorsThe Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences established a laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor in 1890. The first paper, published by Davenport here in 1892 was “The germ-layers in Bryozoan Buds”. During the height of the Carnegie Institution of Washington era (~1918) 29 papers were produced by CSHL’s 53 researchers. In 2010 alone 212 papers were published by a community that has grown to 317 Ph.D.s, MD.s, and other researchers. The full history of CSHL author’s publications is available through the CSHL Authors Publications Database. The database provides abstracts and full text where available. Links to authors’ web pages, videos and other information resources are now being added. For example, enter “Wigler” into the Author Search field and click on Dr. Wigler’s name in any of the citations to access a video of Dr. Wigler describing his research.

HistCite Visualization DNA Development

histciteThe history of DNA research from 1820 to 2001 as shown through paper citations can be visualized using the HistCite™ mapping tool at www.histcite.com. In the image above, the graph shows key papers citing Watson and Crick’s seminal 1953 paper on the helical structure of DNA. See HistCite™ Visualization of DNA to view the map.

Papers: The Last Correspondence of Francis Crick by Alex Gann and Jan Witkowski

In September 2010, Alex Gann and Jan Witkowski published a paper in Nature describing a series Francis Crick’s letters contributed with some of Sydney Brenner’s papers to the archives earlier in the year. These letters shed new light on the relationships and personalities of key players in the DNA story. This collection of Crick material also includes photographs, postcards, preprints, meetings programs, notes, and newspaper clippings, dating from 1950 to 1976, primarily from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. For more information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Exhibits: Carnegie Institution of Washington Science at Cold Spring Harbor, the Age of Genetics, 1904-1972 at the Szybalski Room

To commemorate the expansion and renovation of the Carnegie Building in May 2010, several exhibits of materials from the CSHL Archives were installed in the building. In recognition of National DNA Day, we’d like to draw your attention to the two exhibits currently on display in the Szybalski Room, illustrating the history of genetics research at Cold Spring Harbor, including the work of the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1904-1972. The Szybalski Room is open Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and other times by appointment.

CSHL Archives

 1The story of CSHL’s role in the development of molecular biology is told through the extensive collections of the CSHL Archives, including meeting agendas, scientific papers, handwritten notes, illustrations, images, and personal collections of CSHL alumni. Visit the Szybalski 2Room at the CSHL Library and find out more about the history of the lab through a selection of historic documents and images on display from April 15 – 21. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National DNA Day?

National DNA Day was established in 2003 by Senate Congressional Resolution to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 50th anniversary of the description of the double-helix structure of DNA by James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick. This year, National DNA Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 15th. For more information, visit US NHGRI National DNA Day.

CSHL Library Celebrates DNA Day

April 15 is DNA day! America’s first department of Genetics was organized by Carnegy at CSHL in 1904.

Stop by the library to see Images, videos, books and other unique historic resources devoted to CSHL’s prominent, vital contribution to the discovery of DNA and resultant CSHL developments in genomics, RNAI, Cancer and other disciplines.

Come to the Szybalsky Reading room for an exhibit of images and programs from CSHL Library archives illustrating the cebrated, diverse historic contributions of CSHL scientists and symposia.

Displays of books and videos on CSHL’s unique contributions to genetics will be featured throughout the library.

Go to the Library Blog to see a time line of the history of genetics and genomics at CSHL and the numbers of publications created during each era.The blog also features articles highlighting the history and science of DNA research at CSHL.

Recently added Books

Suggestions, please let us Know.

 

               tisdall         Tisdall, J. (2001). Beginning Perl for Bioinformatics. North Sebastopol CA: O’Reilly Press.

A beginner’s guide that teaches programming skills and applies them to interesting bioinformatics examples. The aim is to apply Perl concepts to write real programs as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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epigeneticsPintér, B. & Mészáros, Z. (2010):   Epigenetics: mechanisms, functions and human effects. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.

Gathers the latest research on cancer epigenetics and new research on possible epigenetic roles in arthritis, neurodegeneration, behavior, and longevity.

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dawkinsDawkins, R. (2009): The Oxford book of modern science writing. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press.

Edited by renowned scientist and author Richard Dawkins, this rich anthology contains selected essays from famous scientists and science writers, including Stephen Pinker, Stephen Jay Gould, Martin Gardner, Albert Einstein, Julian Huxley, and many dozens more.

More information

 

fett-netoFett-Neto, A. (2010): Plant secondary metabolism engineering: methods and applications. New York, NY: Humana Press.

Provides detailed practical information on some of the most important methods employed in the engineering of plant secondary metabolism pathways. Primary focus is on engineering pathways plants utilize to create biomolecules in response to stress.

 

Questions? Information? Suggestions?

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Elsevier eBooks

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Categories include Molecular Biology, Genetics, Computer and Agriculural Sciences and others. Check out some of the diverse titles below. See Library eBooks for the complete collection.

 

Why eBooks?

  • Instant access and mobility
  • Powerful search and browse capability
  • Immediate digital image and downloadable content

This month’s featured eBooks:

 

The Science of Grapevines

Essentials of Genomic and Personalized Medicine

Handbook of Cell Signaling

Handbook of Epigenetics

Usability Testing Essentials

Springer eProtocols

Springer Protocols offers a huge variety of protocols including: Methods in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuromethods.

Check out this month’s featured protocols in genomics:

 

integratingfunctionalgenomicdataIntegrating Functional Genomics Data

 

 

 

 

developingandevaluatinggenomicsDeveloping and Evaluating Genomics- or Proteomics-Based Diagnostic Tests: Statistical Perspectives                        

Kindles

A limited number of Kindles are available preloaded with science history, and other ebooks.  You may
browse the Amazon Kindle store and preview the first chapter of most books. If the item has $0.00 cost, you may "Buy" the book.

Stop by the library or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

What is National DNA Day?

National DNA Day was established in 2003 by Senate Congressional Resolution to commemorate the completion of the Human Genome Project and the 50th anniversary of the description of the double-helix structure of DNA by James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick. This year, National DNA Day will be celebrated on Friday, April 15th. For more information, visit US NHGRI National DNA Day.

History of Genome Research via CSHL Oral History Project

The field of Molecular Biology emerged in the 20th century through the application of physical and chemical principles to the study of biology. The CSHL Oral History Collection includes interviews with many of the pioneers of molecular biology, such as James D. Watson, Sydney Brenner, Matthew Meselson, John Sulston, Rob Martienssen, Lee Hood, and Dick McCombie. You can see historic CSHL interview videos on the Web and in the CSHL Oral History Collection or by viewing videos in the Carnegie Library building.

From the CSHL Archives

The story of CSHL’s role in the development of molecular biology is told through the extensive collections of the CSHL Archives, including meeting agendas, scientific papers, handwritten notes, illustrations, images, and personal collections of CSHL alumni. Visit the Szybalski Room at the CSHL Library and find out more about the history of the lab through a selection of historic documents and images on display from April 15 – 21. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Science at Cold Spring Harbor, The Age of Genetics

Carnegie Institution of Washington

Science at Cold Spring Harbor, The Age of Genetics, 1904-1972

at the Szybalski Room To commemorate the expansion and renovation of the Carnegie Building in May 2010, several exhibits of materials from the CSHL Archives were installed in the building. In recognition of National DNA Day, we’d like to draw your attention to the two exhibits currently on display in the Szybalski Room, illustrating the history of genetics research at Cold Spring Harbor, including the work of the Carnegie Institution of Washington from 1904-1972. The Szybalski Room is open Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and other times by appointment.

The Lost Correspondence of Francis Crick by Alex Gann and Jan Witkowski

In September 2010, Alex Gann and Jan Witkowski published a paper in Nature describing a series Francis Crick’s letters contributed with some of Sydney Brenner’s papers to the CSHL Archives earlier in the year. These letters shed new light on the relationships and personalities of key players in the DNA story. This collection of Crick material also includes photographs, postcards, preprints, meetings programs, notes, and newspaper clippings, dating from 1950 to 1976, primarily from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. For more information email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HistCite Visualization of DNA Development

The history of DNA research from 1820 to 2001 as shown through paper citations can be visualized ;using the HistCite™ mapping tool at www.histcite.com. In the image at left, the graph shows key papers citing Watson and Crick’s seminal 1953 paper on the helical structure of DNA. See HistCite™ Visualization of DNA to view the map.

Selected Books on the History of Genetics and Genomics

Lagerkvist, U. (1998): DNA Pioneers and Their Legacy. Binghampton, NY: Vail-Ballou Press.

Focuses on the biographically important “human element” of personal relationships and mentoring in the discovery of DNA and of its structure and function.

Schwartz, J. (2008): In Pursuit of the Gene: From Darwin to DNA. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

A history of genetics and the development of the gene concept through the ideas, key experiments and discoveries of the field’s major players.

Read more: Selected Books on the History of...

CSHL Authors’ Publications Database

Journal StackThe Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences established a laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor in 1890. The first paper, published by Davenport here in 1892 was “The germ-layers in Bryozoan Buds”. During the height of the Carnegie Institution of Washington era (~1918) 29 papers were produced by CSHL’s 53 researchers. In 2010 alone 212 papers were published by a community that has grown to 317 Ph.D.s, MD.s, and other researchers. The full history of CSHL author’s publications is available through the CSHL Authors' Publications Database. The database provides abstracts and full text where available. Links to authors’ web pages, videos and other information resources are now being added. For example, enter “Wigler” into the Author Search field and click on Dr. Wigler’s name in any of the citations to access a video of Dr. Wigler describing his research.