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.

Falk, R. (2009): Genetics Analysis: A History of Genetic Thinking. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Explores the paradox between the study of genetics on a non-living molecular level with the study of genetics of living, breathing organisms. Falk utilizes this paradox to reflect on how scientists think about genetics and heredity.

For these and other books on history and current developments in genetics and genomics, go to the Library Catalog, accessible through the Library & Archives website.