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Hitchcock Foundation Lectures: "Chemical Bonds in Biology"
Hitchcock Foundation Lectures: "Chemical Bonds in Biology" January 17, 1983.
University of California, Berkeley.

Biological Specificity. (1:55)

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Linus Pauling: I learned from the biologists that biological specificity is essentially the major problem that we have to understand if we want to understand life. Biological specificity is the set of characteristics of living organisms or constituents of living organisms of being special or doing something special. Each animal or plant species is special - specificity. It differs in some way from all other species of animals. Its outstanding specificity is that of passing on to its progeny, its descendants, its own characteristic nature. How is it possible for two... You know, you are all pretty sophisticated, or jaded, now by these things. They may not seem interesting to you but in the old days we could ask “how is it possible for two human beings to have an offspring that is a human being rather than some other animal - even an offspring that resembles his parents more than he resembles other human beings?" Well, Morgan, Sturtevant, and Bridges, and Muller, around 1911 had developed the theory of the gene and the three of them were there in Pasadena. I was always being exposed to talk about genetics, heredity, specificity and being stimulated to ask myself over and over again "What can the molecules be doing that confers such high specificity on these living organisms?"


Creator: Linus Pauling
Associated: Thomas Hunt Morgan, A.H. Sturtevant, Calvin B. Bridges, Hermann J. Muller
Clip ID: 1983v.1a-02

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Creator: Linus Pauling
Associated: University of California, Berkeley

Date: January 17, 1983
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ID: 1983v.1
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