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Neuro by Joelle M. Abi-Rached, Nikolas Rose

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Chapter One   

The Neuromolecular Brain

Those of us who have lived through the period in which molecular biology grew up … realized that here was an enormous opportunity for a new synthesis … [an] approach to understanding the mechanisms and phenomena of the human mind that applies and adapts the revolutionary advances in molecular biology achieved during the postwar period. The breakthrough to precise knowledge in molecular genetics and immunology—“breaking the molecular code” resulted from the productive interaction of physical and chemical sciences with the life sciences. It now seems possible to achieve similar revolutionary advances in understanding the human mind.

—Francis O. Schmitt, “Progress Report on the Neurosciences Research Program,” ...

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