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Scientific Discoveries / Atom Study / Genetic Research and Nobel Prize #255047

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 12, 1978
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(Studio) 2 reports noted on research into smallest units of man's universe: awarding of Nobel Prize to 3 genetic researchers and discovery in Chicago of way to take better look at atoms.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Discovery of 2 University of Chicago physicists of method of using electron microscope and color motion picture camera to study life of atoms detailed. Film of atoms shown. [Physicist Michael ISAACSON - says that for 1st time, atoms' interaction with other atoms can be observed on very visual level. Describes new perceptions that come about.] Details given about film shown. [Dr. Albert CREWE - doesn't know what will come of this, but every time something can be better seen, something is discovered.]
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser

(Studio) Awarding of Nobel Prize in medical to 2 American and 1 Swiss geneticists reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Baltimore, Maryland) Research proving existence of restriction enzymes detailed; definition of restriction enzymes given. Experiments of Johns Hopkins geneticists, Doctors Daniel Nathans and Hamilton O. Smith, noted as confirming work of Swiss geneticist, Dr. Werner Arber. Diagrams shown. Discovery by Nathans and Smith that enzymes could be used to divide strand of DNA into genes outlined. Possible uses of discovery stated. [NATHANS - comments on potential use of new info.]
REPORTER: Richard Roth

Bowser, Betty Ann;
Cronkite, Walter;
Roth, Richard

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