Edward L. Tatum's contributions to the founding of biochemical genetics and of bacterial genetics were instrumental in the transformation of modern biology, which increasingly has focused on the flow of information through nucleic acids and the protein structure of the cell.

Tatum was most effective in collaborative investigations, in which he played the role of microbiologist and biochemist, meeting challenges of profound genetic interest. In these studies, he was instrumental in the development of microorganisms such as and as tools for fundamental genetic investigations. In 1958, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine with G. W. Beadle and J. Lederberg, having been a principal partner in these separate, major lines of research.

Keyword(s): biography

Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...

  • Article Type: Review Article
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error