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The Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology

Astbury's definition of Molecular Biology

Astbury's Definition of Molecular Biology

".... not so much a technique as an approach, an approach from the viewpoint of the so-called basic sciences with the leading idea of searching below the large-scale manifestations of classical biology for the corresponding molecular plan. It is concerned particularly with the forms of biological molecules and ..... is predominantly three-dimensional and structural - which does not mean, however, that it is merely a refinement of morphology - it must at the same time inquire into genesis and function"

W.T. Astbury [Nature 190, 1124 (1961)]