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Ward Darley Papers 1905-1968
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Collection Scope and Content Note


As a lifelong scientist Rodbell was a prolific researcher and writer. This series, divided into five subseries, consists of Rodbell's laboratory work and extensive research publications. The first subseries, arranged chronologically, contains the contents of eight laboratory notebooks from 1965 to 1976, a 1966 experiment on adenyl assay, and a file of 1971 experiment results. These important files record a number of G-protein experiments done by various scientists in Rodbell's laboratory. These experiments document the discovery of signal transduction. Mostly consisting of graphs and scientific findings these notebooks feature some charts drawn by Rodbell, and other scientific findings that led to the discovery of GTP (guanosine triphosphate) and the role of G-proteins in cellular communication. The loose papers were removed from their original binders and three of the original binders make up the second subseries. The binders feature unique illustrations and commentary by Rodbell's colleagues. The third subseries consists of three files of miscellaneous figures and charts mostly relating to GTP that appeared in various Rodbell publications.

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