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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
1909The term gene is first usedJohannsenUniversity of CopenhagenDNA
1909Antibodies put forward as potential 'magic bullets' for medicineEhrlichRoyal Institute of Experimental TherapyAntibodies
22 Apr 1909Rita Levi-Montalcini was born in Turin, ItalyLevi-MontalciniInstitute of Cell Biology of the CNRCell, Biochemistry
14 Dec 1909Edward Lawrie Tatum was born in Boulder CO, USATatumRockefeller UniversityGenetics
1910First description of the building blocks of DNALeveneRockefeller UniversityDNA
1910Chromosomes linked with hereditary traitsMorganColumbia UniversityGenetics
1910Austrian physicians Ernest Freund and Gisa Kaminer observed that something in blood serum from cancer patients pervents the destruction of cancer cellsFreund, KaminerRudolf-Stiftung HospitalImmune checkpoint inhibitors, Immunotherapy, Oncology
01 Mar 1910Archer J P Martin was born in London, United KingdomMartinNational Institute for Medical ResearchAnalytical chemistry
28 Apr 1910Edouard van Beneden diedvan Beneden University of LiegeCell, Genetics
29 Apr 1910Heinz Ludwig Fraenkel-Conrat was bornFraenkel-Conrat University of California BerkeleyGenetics, Virology
10 May 1910Dorothy M Crowfoot Hodgkin was born in Cairo, EgyptHodgkinCairo, EgyptX-ray crystallography
1911Research provided the first evidence that virus transmits cancer in chickensRousRockefeller InstituteImmunology, Oncology, Virology
17 Jan 1911Francis Galton diedGalton Genetics
14 Feb 1911Willem J Kolff was born Leiden, NetherlandsKolff Transplantation
26 Mar 1911Bernard Katz was born in Leipzig, GermanyKatzUniversity College LondonNeuroscience
06 Apr 1911Feodor Lynen was born in Munich, GermanyLynenMax-Planck-Institute for Cellular ChemistryBiochemistry
25 Jun 1911William H Stein was born in New York NY, USASteinRockefeller UniversityRNA
23 Dec 1911Niels K Jerne was born in London, United KingdomJerneBasel Institute for ImmunologyImmunology, Monoclonal antibodies
21 Jan 1912Konrad Bloch was born in Neisse (now Nysa), Germany (now Poland)BlochHarvard UniversityBiochemistry
10 Feb 1912Joseph Lister diedListerKing's College London 

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