Nathans, Daniel

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Daniel, joint winner of 1978 Nobel Prize for work related to restriction of enzymes.
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Microbiologist and geneticist Werner Arber shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Hamilton Smith and Daniel Nathans for the discovery of restriction endonucleases, which recognise sequences in DNA.
When people ask me if I have a scientific background-which I don't--I always remember the time I was trying to figure out why Daniel Nathans, a Johns Hopkins virologist, had gotten the Nobel Prize for something called "restriction enzymes." We had written up the story and all, but--I still didn't understand.