Records of the Department of Molecular Biology, 1957-1993
Scope and Contents
- courses offered by the department
- departmental administration
- relations with the University of Edinburgh and other educational bodies
- relations with other scientific and government bodies
- papers and articles written by people connected with the department
- material relating to the promotion of the department and its courses
- papers relating to buildings and accommodation
- University of Edinburgh, Department of Molecular Biology. Department of Molecular Biology (1968-1990) (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
They were initially based in the biophysics unit but moved into the Darwin Building in 1968. At this point, the staff of the MRC Microbial Genetics Research Unit which had been based in London moved into the department. The first PhD students joined in 1965, third year courses began in 1968 and the first honours courses began in 1969. The department's policy was that their honours students should go elsewhere to study for a PhD.
The department was involved in a lot of research which included recognition of bidirectional transcription of DNA in E. Coli, progress in the elucidation of the genetics, physiology and structure of factors responsible for antibiotic resistance in bacteria, the first bacteriophage vectors for recombinant DNA technology and their application to the cloning and manipulation of genes from any organism, the application of the methods of Molecular Biology to explore the possibilities of malaria vaccines and the production of the first artifical vaccine for Hepatitis B. These were produced by Ken Murray and the proceeds partly used to found The Darwin Trust.
The Darwin Trust founded the Biocomputing Research Unit to enable the department to cope with the enormous expansion in the flow of information regarding amino acid and the nucleotide sequences that underpin all genome projects and also founded a unified Science Library.
Other departments dealing with different aspects of biology were scattered across the university and plans were made to pull these strands together. In 1990 the department ceased in that form and became part of the Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Darwin Trust (c1983-:)
- Hayes, William, c1913-: (professor of molecular genetics, University of Edinburgh)
- Molecular Genetics
- Molecular biology
- Pollock, Martin Rivers, 1914-1999 (professor of biology, University of Edinburgh)
- Study, Courses of
- University of Edinburgh (Scottish University)
- University of Edinburgh, Department of Molecular Biology. Department of Molecular Biology (1968-1990)
- University of Edinburgh, Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology. Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology (1990-:)