Molecular Biology or Ultrastructural Biology ?

@article{Astbury1961MolecularBO,
  title={Molecular Biology or Ultrastructural Biology ?},
  author={William Thomas Astbury},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1961},
  volume={190},
  pages={1124-1124}
}
IN a recent communication1, Prof. C. H. Waddington protests against the increasing use of the name ‘molecular biology’ for a large and ever-growing field to which, he argues, it does not apply, and suggests confining it to more restricted topics for which in any event a better name would be ‘ultra-structural biology’. Since, as I believe, I was responsible for first propagating the name ‘molecular biology’, and its widespread adoption seems to date particularly from my 1950 Harvey Lecture… 

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