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Interest in plasmids, Herbert Boyer

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Interviewee: Herbert Boyer. Herb Boyer talks about Stanley Cohen's and his interest in plasmids as vectors for DNA. (DNAi Location: Manipulation > Revolution > Players > Herbert Boyer and Stanley Cohen > Interest in plasmids)
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We both had an interest in plasmids, these are small mini-chromosomes, usually non-essential for bacterial existence. But they had a strong medical importance because these plasmids carried genes that gave bacteria resistance to antibiotics, so they have a big medical importance, and Stanley had an interest in them. Also because they were small pieces of DNA they could be isolated and some of their properties could be manipulated and you could do experiments with them.
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