Nathans, Daniel

D. DiMaio, Thomas Kelly

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Daniel Nathans (1928-99) pioneered the use of restriction endonucleases for the genetic analysis of cells and viruses. Focusing on the genome of simian virus 40, a small DNA tumor virus, Nathans developed many of the modern methods used to analyze DNA and set the stage for the recombinant DNA revolution. He shared the 1978 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with Hamilton O Smith and Werner Arber.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9780080961569
ISBN (Print)9780123749840
StatePublished - Feb 27 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cleavage map
  • Genetics
  • Restriction endonucleases
  • SV40
  • Viruses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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