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  • Uncovering the history of dna sequencing


    The newly available collection of Carol Churcher’s papers (GRL/CHU) is a landmark for the Library’s Human Genome Archive Project.  At just two boxes the collection might seem insignificant, but clearly size isn’t everything. This collection represents more than the contents of… Continue reading

  • Fighting the cold war: David Tyrrell and the common cold


    Free 10 Day Autumn or Winter Break: You may not win a Nobel Prize, but you could help find a cure for the common cold In 1946, the Common Cold Unit (CCU) opened its doors to volunteers for a ten-day,… Continue reading

  • Haldane: a cantankerous and charismatic pioneer


    Katy Makin, project archivist at University College London, provides some fascinating insights into the life and personality of J B S Haldane, one of the ‘Makers of Modern Genetics’ whose papers were digitised for the Codebreakers online resource.  The original… Continue reading

  • Adam

    Did Adam have 6 fingers?


    Not many paintings are assessed for the genetic defects of the characters portrayed – Jan van Scorel’s version of Adam and Eve of 1540 is an exception. Geneticist Hans Gruneberg, whose digitised archive forms part of the Codebreakers: Makers of… Continue reading

  • Fred Sanger: a maker of modern genetics


    In the third of our series about the digitised archive collections in ‘Codebreakers: makers of modern genetics’, Jenny Shaw, archive project officer at the Wellcome Library, explores Fred Sanger’s research notebooks: My involvement with Sanger’s notebooks is through the Human… Continue reading

  • X-rays by Sir Gervas Powell Glyn, Bt.


    Wellcome Library no. 70i Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (left) discovered X-rays through a combination of accident and experiment in December 1895, in his laboratory at the University of Würzburg. When he realized that he was looking through opaque objects, and was… Continue reading

  • Invisible women? The Scientists people don’t see


    The George Hay Lecture is given every year at the British National Science Fiction Convention.  The lecture is given by a working scientist or exponent of science, on the subject of current work in his or her field. This year’s… Continue reading

  • Fifty years in clinical and human genetics


    One of the Wellcome Trust’s challenge areas is maximising the health benefits of genetics and genomics. Relating directly to this are the personal papers of Professor George Robert Fraser, which are now available for consultation in the Wellcome Library. George… Continue reading

  • At the Military Academy


    On first impression, this photograph appears to be of a military figure. The epauletted tunic, the shuttered blinds… perhaps a pre-1914 army planner, taking a break from planning his country’s defence from a foreign force? The photograph was indeed taken… Continue reading

  • Sir Francis Bacon


    He didn’t discover a new element, spot a new star in the night sky nor make a major medical breakthrough, but there’s little doubt Sir Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (1561-1626), is one of the most influential figures in… Continue reading