The collection covers the Fox-Woese collaboration from its beginnings in 1973 until 1985 and contains approximately 5 linear feet of records, including correspondence, manuscripts for articles, research, data analysis, and photographs of laboratory equipment.The highlight of the collection are multiple draft versions of each of the major manuscripts, which provide insight to what they were thinking at the time.
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5 Linear Feet
As a postdoctoral scientist with Dr. Carl R. Woese, Dr. Fox was the co-discover of the Archaea in 1977. In doing so, Woese & Fox were the first to use 16S ribosomal RNA, (16S rRNA), sequence information to elucidate evolutionary relationships between different types of bacteria. Fox joined the University of Houston in 1977 as an Assistant Professor shortly before the Archaeal discovery was published. Fox continued to collaborate with Woese and together in 1980 they used 16S rRNA sequence data to construct the first “tree of life” that encompassed procaryotes. The use of 16S rRNA sequence data to identify bacteria and characterize populations revolutionized microbiology and continues to be widely used today. Underlying much of this work is a long standing interest in the origins of life as revealed by studies of the ribosome, which houses the 16S rRNA.
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