As a young lab leader at the University of Wisconsin in the 1950s, Joshua Lederberg and his first wife linkurl:Esther,; a microbiologist, would invite lab members to their home once a week to discuss significant recent advances in microbial genetics. Lederberg would sit silently on the floor, listening, recalled Gaylen Bradley, who was a postdoc in Lederberg's lab between 1954 and 1956. "Josh would listen, and then at the end make some sort of sense of our immature, if you will, interpretations of the data," he said. "It was always an impressive finale when Josh would finally enter the conversation." "Josh had the ability to recognize very easily what the important questions in science were," said linkurl:Stanley Cohen,; chair of the genetics department at Stanford University School of Medicine. "Whatever subject he worked in, he was really at the forefront in terms of creativity." Lederberg linkurl:passed away; on Saturday (February...

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