We Must Try To Bridge The Gap Between Biological And Chemical Sciences

Chemical language has great asthetic beauty and links the physical sciences to the biological sciences. Unfortunately, the full use of this language to understand life processes is hindered by a gulf that separates chemistry from biology. This gulf is not nearly as wide as that between the humanities and and sciences, on which C.P. Snow focused attention. Yet, chemistry and biology are two distinctive cultures and the rift between them Is serious, generally unappreciated, and counterproductive.

Arthur Kornberg
Jul 24, 1988
Chemical language has great asthetic beauty and links the physical sciences to the biological sciences. Unfortunately, the full use of this language to understand life processes is hindered by a gulf that separates chemistry from biology. This gulf is not nearly as wide as that between the humanities and and sciences, on which C.P. Snow focused attention. Yet, chemistry and biology are two distinctive cultures and the rift between them Is serious, generally unappreciated, and counterproductive.

It might have been expected that the traditional separation between chemistry and biology would have been bridged by the emergence and growth of biochemistry in this century. In biochemistry, one could fulfill the wish to understand the chemical basis of cellular function in fermentation and photosynthesis, in muscle contraction and digestion, and in vision and hereditary. Despite its enormous success in solving these and other problems, biochemistry has failed to fill the gulf between...

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