Edward Tatum Biography

Scientist(1909–1975)
Biochemist Edward Tatum won the 1958 Nobel Prize for his research, which helped create the field of molecular genetics.

Synopsis

As a research assistant at Stanford University, Edward Tatum worked with collaborator George Beadle to confirm that all biochemical processes are controlled by genes, and that each gene in some way determines the structure of a specific enzyme (the one-gene–one-enzyme hypothesis). Tatum and Beadle won the 1958 Nobel Prize for this research, which helped create the field of molecular genetics.

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