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The most beautiful experiments

  1. Aug 12, 2005 #1
    In Physicsweb are reported the ten most elegant experiments in Physics (http://physicsweb.org/articles/world/15/9/2).

    In Biology, the Meselson-Stahl is currently seen as one of the most elegant experiments.

    What biological experiment do you consider as the most beautiful? Why?
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  3. Aug 12, 2005 #2


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    I think the Avery, MacLeod, McCarthy (1944) is most elegant. Simple and anybody should read the paper.

    Hershey and Chase (1950) would be my second choice.
  4. Aug 18, 2005 #3
    I'm a fan of Hammerling's Acetabularia experiments. They're just so cool!
  5. Aug 31, 2005 #4
    Spehmann / Mangold organizer
    SCNT Briggs and Kings
    ffs, the period genes and the molecular clock.....brilliant
    oocytes derived from bone marrow (just came out in Cell)

    cant choose theres many
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    Here's a http://dwb.unl.edu/Teacher/NSF/C10/C10Links/www.asmusa.org/mbrsrc/archive/SIGNIFICANT.htm [Broken] to learn more about the Avery et al. experiment. (also see quote below)

    The Hershey and Chase http://www.mun.ca/biology/scarr/4241B_Hershey_&_Chase.htm [Broken] was published in 1952. The complete paper is available as pdf at the referenced site. (select blue hypertext on "blender experiment" for ref. site)
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    Hershey and Chase were lucky in a way. Imagine that they were working with an RNA viruse rather than a DNA viruse?
  8. Sep 1, 2005 #7
    Obviously, the initial image of the genome replication would be very different.

    Does luck tarnish elegance in an experiment?
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    I don't think so. If the experiment is well done and demonstrate the point, then it is a elegant experiment.

    However, it is always fun the reflect on things that are discover due to mistakes.

    As Louis Pasteur said "“Chance favours the prepared mind”.
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