Matt Meselson and Frank Stahl were in their mid-20s when they performed what is now recognized as one of the most beautiful experiments in modern biology. In this short film, Matt and Frank share how they devised the groundbreaking experiment that proved semiconservative DNA replication, what it was like to see the results for the first time, and how it felt to be at the forefront of molecular biology research in the 1950s. This film celebrates a lifelong friendship, a shared love of science, and the serendipity that can lead to foundational discoveries about the living world.
Frank Stahl received his PhD at the University of Rochester, where he studied genetic recombination in phage. He performed postdoctoral studies at Caltech, during which he completed the famous Meselson-Stahl experiment, and joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1959. He is now an emeritus faculty member who enjoys teaching and… Continue Reading
Dr. Meselson has made important contributions to the areas of DNA replication, repair and recombination as well as isolating the first restriction enzyme. Currently, he is Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, where his lab studies aging in the model organism bdelloid rotifers. Meselson is also a long-time advocate for the abolition… Continue Reading
ANGELA DIXON says
Thank you – I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this video. It was as if I was sitting in Dr. Stahl’s living room, having a conversation with these two great scientists. What an elegant experiment! You have really captured the essence of two incredible scientists in this video.
Marieke Mackintosh says
Thank you for sharing this incredible footage of these brilliant human beings. What a joy it is to watch them reminisce and teach. I cannot wait to show this to my students.