Mahlon Hoagland, a molecular biologist whose discoveries of transfer RNA and the mechanisms behind amino acid activation helped build the foundation of genetics, died in his home in Thetford, VT, on Friday. He was 87 years old.
Mahlon Hoagland
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As a young scientist in the 1950s and 1960s, Hoagland studied RNA and DNA alongside Paul Zamecnik at Harvard Medical School and Francis Crick at Cambridge University. He made his most significant contributions to biology in his 30s and largely dedicated the rest of his career to teaching, mentoring, and writing. According to several friends and colleagues, he was also a gifted artist. "Hoagland's early work opened up the field of biochemistry," said linkurl:Thoru Pederson,; a molecular biologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a long-time colleague. "But beyond his research, his most notable asset was his effectiveness at communicating biomedical sciences to the general public through...
Journal of Biological ChemistryJournal of Biological ChemistryThe Way Life WorksEditor's note (September 30)

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