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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
Apr 1929Autopsies carried out on tuberculosis patients show them less likely to have contracted cancerPearlJohns Hopkins UniversityImmunology, Immunotherapy, Oncology,
06 May 1929Paul C Lauterbur was born in Sidney, Ohio, USALauterbur  
03 Jun 1929Werner Arber was born in Granichen, SwitzerlandArberUniversity of GenevaRestriction enzymes, Recombinant DNA, Sequencing DNA
01 Jul 1929Gerald M Edelman was born in New York NY, USAEdelmanRockefeller UniversityAntibodies
19 Aug 1929Frank Ruddle was born in West New York, New JerseyRuddle  
07 Nov 1929Eric R Kandel was born in Vienna, AustriaKandelColumbia UniversityNeuroscience
23 Jan 1930Beverly Griffin was born in Dehli, Louisiana, United StatesGriffinImperial College 
05 Nov 1930Christiaan Eijkman diedEijkmanUtrecht UniversityNutrition
30 Dec 1930Tu Youyou was born in Zhejiang, ChinaYouyou  
1931Invention of the electron microscopeRuska  
Apr 1931Jacques F A P Miller was bornMillerWalter and Eliza Hall InstituteImmunology
23 Aug 1931Hamilton Smith was born in New York CitySmith  
1932Sanger attends Bryanston School, Dorset, as boarderSanger  
1932Stanley Plotkin born in New York City, United StatesPlotkinWistar Institute
21 Mar 1932Walter Gilbert was born in Boston MA, USAGilbertHarvard UniversityBiochemistry
26 Apr 1932Michael Smith was born in Blackpool, United KingdomSmithUniversity of British ColumbiaRecombinant DNA, Monoclonal antibodies
16 Sep 1932Ronald Rossborn diedRossUniversity College LiverpoolInfectious diseases
17 Jun 1933Jan Vilcek was born in Bratislava, SlovakiaVilcek  
1934 - 1938Antigen-antibody binding hypothesis formulatedMarrackLondon UniversityAntibodies
21 May 1934Bengt I Samuelsson was born in Halmstad, SwedenSamuelsonKarolinska InstituteBiochemistry

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