"From the Sidelines" by Lotte Streisinger recently was published by the University of Oregon Press.
Streisinger escorts her readers behind the scenes as a scientific revolution unfolds. She lived this history during her marriage to George Streisinger, a pioneering molecular biologist and co-founder of the UO Institute of Molecular Biology.
Her gentle humor warms the book, which is written so that nonscientists can share in the camaraderie and excitement that inspired creation of the UO institute. The book includes epilogues written by institute members Brian Matthews and Peter von Hippel, whose first-hand accounts bring the reader current on recent developments.
The slender, elegantly understated volume contains many photographs and original linocuts by the author. It closes with a reprint of an article by Streisinger's editor, Tom Hager, which originally appeared in the university's magazine, Oregon Quarterly (formerly Old Oregon).
George Streisinger, who died in 1984, is renowned for developing zebrafish cloning. He was the first to realize that a small aquarium fish (Brachydanio rerio) could provide a model system for vertebrate developmental biology. Many of the strains of zebrafish produced in the Streisinger lab still are alive and well in labs around the globe. Streisinger's earlier research made major contributions toward deciphering the genetic code, understanding the nature of frameshift mutations, and the structure of the T4 phage genome.
Lotte Streisinger is a Eugene-based artist known for her work in clay and her dedication to the arts community
Contact: Melody Ward Leslie
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