Germ Stories

Arthur Kornberg won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1959, and just recently passed away (October, 2007). When his three sons were small, he used to tell them stories and poems about the "germs" he was studying. The subsequent generation of grandchildren came along, catalyzing a whole new batch of poetry and tales. This book is a collection of those witty and charming stories, with drawings by Adam Alaniz and enhanced photography by Robert Kolter. One of the children who heard these stories apparently took them seriously: Roger Kornberg won the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His two brothers, Tom and Ken became (merely!) Professors of Biochemistry at UC-San Francisco (first person to purify DNA polymerase II and III) and a distiguished architect specializing in the design of biochemical and biotechnological laboratories, respectively. The publisher does not guarantee Nobels for all of the children to whom this book is read, but about one third of them should make it. This would be a fun and challenging gift for the right child.

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Arthur Kornberg

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 1, 2007