Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology - Foreword

Watson, J. D. (1990) Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology - Foreword. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology, 55. R15-R15. ISSN 0091-7451

URL: http://symposium.cshlp.org/content/55/xv.extract
DOI: 10.1101/SQB.1990.055.01.002

Abstract

The brain will be to the next century what the gene has been to the 20th century. At the start of this century, we knew that genes were on chromosomes, but what they were chemically or how they functioned was a total mystery. Now, of course, much, much more is known about the brain. This has been far from a sleepy century for brain research, and an extraordinary accumulation of anatomical data is now being complemented by experiments localizing definite tasks to specific collections of nerve cells. But compared to the gene, the brain, at least in today's ignorance, seems an infinitely more daunting objective. No one has any precise ideas about how complex perceptions are stored in our brains, much less retrieved when our memories work as we wish.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: educational material
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Communities: CSHL labs
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 1990
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 19:32
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2016 19:32
URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/32267

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