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Alumni Hall of Fame
Norton Zinder '44

Norton Zinder is a leader in molecular biology and credited with the discovery of genetic transduction. Genetic transduction is the carrying of hereditary material from one strain of one strain of microorganisms to another by a bacteriophage or bacterial virus. His work is pivotal to our understandings of hereditary. The application of his work is essential for insight into antibiotic resistance. He led the National Institutes of Health to evaluate the approach of the National Cancer Institute’s Virus Cancer Program. He was a founding member of the Human Genome Project, the international effort to map the entire human genome. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. For more than fifty years, he was on the faculty at Rockefeller University. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences.



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