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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
18 Apr 1905George H Hitchings was born in Hoquiam WA, USAHitchingsWellcome Research LaboratoriesPharmacology
01 Jun 1905Max Sterne was born in Trieste, AustriaSterneOnderstepoort Veterinary Research InstituteVaccine
04 Aug 1905Walther Flemming diedFlemmingUniversity of KielCell, Genetics
03 Sep 1905Frank Macfarlane Burnet was born in Traralgon, AustraliaBurnettWalter and Eliza Hall InstituteImmunology, Vaccine
17 Sep 1905Merrill W Chase born in Providence, RI, USAChaseRockefeller UniversityAntibodies
24 Sep 1905Severo Ochoa was born in Luarca, SpainOchoaNew York UniversityGenetics, DNA
1906Creation of the first standardised animal model for research - the WistarRat Wistar Institute 
19 Jun 1906Ernst B Chain was born in Berlin, GermanyChainOxford UniversityAntibacterial agents
22 Jun 1906Fritz R Schaudinn diedSchaudinnCharite – Universitatsmedizin BerlinBacteriology
04 Sep 1906Max Delbruck was born in Berlin, GermanyDelbruckCalifornia Institute of TechnologyGenetics, Virology
06 Sep 1906Luis F Leloir was born in Paris, FranceLeloirInstitute for Biochemical ResearchBiochemistry
1907First successful blood transfusionOttenbergMount Sinai HospitalAntibodies
23 Mar 1907Daniel Bovet was born in Neuchatel, SwitzerlandBovetIstituto Superiore di Sanita Pharmacology
01 Jul 1907Norman Wingate (Bill) Pirie was born in Easeborn, UKPirie Rothamsted Experimental StationRNA, Virology
02 Oct 1907Alexander R Todd was born in Glasgow, ScotlandToddUniversity of ManchesterDNA
11 Nov 1907Joseph G Hamilton was born in the USAHamilton  
1908The term 'stem cell' is coinedMaximovPetrograd UniversityStem cells
04 Dec 1908Alfred D Hershey was born in Owosso MI, USAHersheyCarnegie Institution of WashingtonGenetics, Virology
1909The term gene is first usedJohannsenUniversity of CopenhagenDNA
1909Antibodies put forward as potential 'magic bullets' for medicineEhrlichRoyal Institute of Experimental TherapyAntibodies

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