Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Greengard shared the 2000 Nobel Prize for Medicine for research on how neurotransmitters function in the nervous system.1925-12-11T00:00:00+0000Lloyd Felton, a scientist, develops a precipitation technique for the isolation of pure antibodies as part of an effort to develop a therapy for pneumonia. 1926-01-01T00:00:00+0000Golgi was an Italian cytologist who shared the 1906 Nobel Prize in Medicine for research into the nervous system. He developed a microscopic technique, using silver compounds, for seeing new and unseen structures in nerve tissues and individual neurons in the brain.1926-01-21T00:00:00+0000Berg helped pioneer recombinant DNA and set up the Asimolar Conference which established guidelines for experiments using the technology.1926-06-30T00:00:00+0000Rose shared the 2004 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for contributing to understandings about how cells break down proteins. 1926-07-16T00:00:00+0000A chemist and biophysicist, Klug won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of crystallographic electron microscopy and discoveries into nucleic acid-protein complexes.1926-08-11T00:00:00+0000Schally shared the 1977 Nobel Prize for Medicine for 'discoveries concerning the peptide hormone production of the brain.'1926-11-30T00:00:00+0000Brenner shared the 2002 Nobel Prize for Medicine for 'discoveries concerning genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death.'1927-01-13T00:00:00+0000Vane was a pharmacologist who shared the 1982 Nobel Prize in Medicine for helping to determine how aspirin produces pain-relief and reduces inflammation. His work laid the foundation for new treatments for heart and blood vessel disease and the introduction of ACE inhibitors. 1927-03-29T00:00:00+0000Nirenberg shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Medicine for interpreting the genetic code and its function of protein synthesis.1927-04-10T00:00:00+0000Kossel is best known for having isolated and described the five organic compounds present in nucleic acid which are key to the formation of DNA and RNA. 1927-07-05T00:00:00+0000Milstein shared the 1984 Nobel Prize for medicine for co-pioneering monoclonal antibodies.1927-10-08T00:00:00+0000Frederick Griffith, British microbiologist, discovers that a harmless strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae can be made virulent after being exposed to heat-killed virulent strains. On the basis of this he hypothesises that some transforming principle from the heat-killed strain is responsible for making the harmless strain virulent. 1928-01-01T00:00:00+0000Fibiger won the 1926 Nobel Prize for Medicine for discovering a parasite that caused cancer in laboratory mice and rats. It was the first time outside stimuli were shown to cause cancerous tumours. 1928-01-30T00:00:00+0000Watson shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Nobel Prize for Medicine helping to determine the double-helix structure of DNA. 1928-04-06T00:00:00+0000Noguchi was a Japanese bacteriologist who discovered the bacteria that cause syphilis - Treponema pallidum.1928-05-21T00:00:00+0000Woese was a microbiologist who discovered the first archaea, single cell organisms with no nucleus or other organelles.1928-07-15T00:00:00+0000Ray Wu pioneered the first primer-extension method for DNA sequencing which laid the foundation for the Human Genome Project. He was also instrumental in the application of genetic engineering to agricultural plants to improve their output and resistance to pests, salt and drought. 1928-08-14T00:00:00+00001928-09-28T00:00:00+0000Nathans shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of restriction enzymes.1928-10-30T00:00:00+0000
Date Event People Places Sciences
11 Dec 1925Paul Greengard was born in New York NY, USAGreengardRockefeller UniversityNeuroscience
1926First pure antibody preparation madeFeltonHarvard UniversityAntibodies
21 Jan 1926Camillo Golgi diedGolgiUniversity of PaviaNeuroscience
30 Jun 1926Paul Berg was born in New York NY, USABergStanford UniversityRecombinant DNA
16 Jul 1926Irwin Rose was born in Brooklyn NY, USARoseUniversity of California IrvineBiochemistry, Cell
11 Aug 1926Aaron Klug was born in Zelvas, LithuaniaKlugLaboratory of Molecular Biology 
30 Nov 1926Andrew V Schally was born in Wilno (now Vilnius), Poland (now Lithuania)SchallyVeterans Administration HospitalEndocrinology, Biochemistry
13 Jan 1927Sydney Brenner was born in Germiston, South AfricaBrennerLaboratory of Molecular BiologyGenetics
29 Mar 1927John Robert Vane was born in Tardebigge, UKVaneUniversity of LondonPharmacology
10 Apr 1927Marshall W Nirenberg was born in New York NY, USANirenbergNational Institutes of HealthGenetics
5 Jul 1927Albrecht Kossel diedKosselUniversity of HeidelbergGenetics
8 Oct 1927Cesar Milstein was born in Bahia Blanca, ArgentinaMilsteinBahia Blanca, Argentina 
1928Bacteria shown capable of transformationGriffithPathological Laboratory of the Ministry of HealthDNA
30 Jan 1928Johannes Fibiger diedFiber Oncology
6 Apr 1928James D Watson was born in Chicago IL, USAWatsonLaboratory of Molecular BiologyDNA, Genetics
21 May 1928Hideyo Noguchi diedNoguchi  
15 Jul 1928Carl Richard Woese was born in Syracuse, New York, USAWoeseSyracuse, New YorkMicrobiology
14 Aug 1928Ray Wu was born in Beijing, ChinaWuBeijing 
28 Sep 1928Penicillin, the first widely available antibiotic drug, was discovered by Alexander FlemingFlemingSt Mary's HospitalAntibacterial agents
30 Oct 1928Daniel Nathans was born in Wilmington DE, USANathan Johns Hopkins University Restriction enzymes

11 Dec 1925

Paul Greengard was born in New York NY, USA

1926

First pure antibody preparation made

21 Jan 1926

Camillo Golgi died

30 Jun 1926

Paul Berg was born in New York NY, USA

16 Jul 1926

Irwin Rose was born in Brooklyn NY, USA

11 Aug 1926

Aaron Klug was born in Zelvas, Lithuania

30 Nov 1926

Andrew V Schally was born in Wilno (now Vilnius), Poland (now Lithuania)

13 Jan 1927

Sydney Brenner was born in Germiston, South Africa

29 Mar 1927

John Robert Vane was born in Tardebigge, UK

10 Apr 1927

Marshall W Nirenberg was born in New York NY, USA

5 Jul 1927

Albrecht Kossel died

8 Oct 1927

Cesar Milstein was born in Bahia Blanca, Argentina

1928

Bacteria shown capable of transformation

30 Jan 1928

Johannes Fibiger died

6 Apr 1928

James D Watson was born in Chicago IL, USA

21 May 1928

Hideyo Noguchi died

15 Jul 1928

Carl Richard Woese was born in Syracuse, New York, USA

14 Aug 1928

Ray Wu was born in Beijing, China

28 Sep 1928

Penicillin, the first widely available antibiotic drug, was discovered by Alexander Fleming

30 Oct 1928

Daniel Nathans was born in Wilmington DE, USA