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Bruce Alberts, PhD

TitleProfessor Emeritus
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
DepartmentBiochemistry and Biophysics
Address600 16th St
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-476-0806
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    Harvard UniversityPhD1965Biophysics
    Harvard UniversityB.S.1960Biochemical Sciences
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    Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation2016Lasker~Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science
    National Science Foundation (NSF)2014National Medal of Science
    Science Festival Bay Bio2011DiNA Award
    National Science Foundation (NSF)2010Vannevar Bush Award
    American Institute of Biological Sciences2009Education Award
    American Educational Research Association 2008Public Service Award
    Excellence in Science Education2006Lawrence Hall of Science Award
    New York Academy of Sciences 2006Member
    Order of the British Empire 2005Commander
    American Society for Developmental Biology2005Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize
    Association of American Geographers2004Presidential Achievement Award
    National Academy of Education 2003Member

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    Bruce Alberts, a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education, served as Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013) and as one of the first three United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). Alberts is now the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

    During his tenure at the NAS, Alberts was instrumental in developing the landmark National Science Education standards that have been implemented in school systems nationwide. The type of “science as inquiry” teaching we need, says Alberts, emphasizes “logical, hands-on problem solving, and it insists on having evidence for claims that can be confirmed by others. It requires work in cooperative groups, where those with different types of talents can discover them – developing self confidence and an ability to communicate effectively with others.”

    Alberts is also noted as one of the original authors of The Molecular Biology of the Cell, a preeminent textbook in the field soon to be in its sixth edition. For the period 2000 to 2009, he served as the co-chair of the InterAcademy Council, a new organization in Amsterdam governed by the presidents of 15 national academies of sciences and established to provide scientific advice to the world.

    Committed in his international work to the promotion of the “creativity, openness and tolerance that are inherent to science,” Alberts believes that “scientists all around the world must now band together to help create more rational, scientifically-based societies that find dogmatism intolerable.”

    Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.


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    MOLECULAR CYTOLOGY STUDY SECTION
    NIH/CSR U09RG000001Jul 1, 1984 - Jun 30, 1991
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Cytoskeleton polymerization dynamics in the cell cycle
    NIH/NIGMS R01GM023928Aug 1, 1977 - Jun 30, 2012
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells and Viruses
    NIH/NCI T32CA009270Sep 1, 1976 - Jun 30, 2006
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    DNA-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS IN DNA-REPLICATION CONTROL
    NIH/NIGMS R01GM024020Sep 1, 1976 - Aug 31, 1996
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    DNA-PROTEIN INTERACTIONS IN DNA-REPLICATION CONTROL
    NIH/NIGMS R37GM024020Sep 1, 1976 - Aug 31, 1994
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Barry J, Wong ML, Alberts B. In vitro reconstitution of DNA replication initiated by genetic recombination: A T4 bacteriophage model for a type of DNA synthesis important for all cells. Mol Biol Cell. 2018 Nov 07; mbcE18060386. PMID: 30403545.
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    2. Alberts B, Hyman T, Pickett CL, Tilghman S, Varmus H. Improving support for young biomedical scientists. Science. 2018 05 18; 360(6390):716-718. PMID: 29773737.
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    3. Maxon ME, Alberts B. Science for state legislatures. Science. 2018 04 06; 360(6384):9. PMID: 29622629.
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    4. Alberts B, Gold BD, Martin LL, Maxon ME. Opinion: How to bring science and technology expertise to state governments. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Feb 27; 115(9):1952-1955. PMID: 29487202.
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    5. Alberts B. Science for life. Science. 2017 03 31; 355(6332):1353. PMID: 28360269.
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    6. Alberts B. Ensuring an Innovative and Productive Future for the Next Generation of Scientists: The 2016 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. JAMA. 2016 Sep 27; 316(12):1256-7. PMID: 27623173.
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    7. Alberts B. An Addiction to Education at All Levels. Cell. 2016 Sep 22; 167(1):30-34. PMID: 27634324.
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    8. Alberts B, Kamb A. Publishing confirming and non-confirming data. F1000Res. 2016; 5:135. PMID: 26998234; PMCID: PMC4786892.
    9. Alberts B. Empowering great teachers. Science. 2016 Jan 15; 351(6270):207. PMID: 26816352.
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    10. Alberts B, Cicerone RJ, Fienberg SE, Kamb A, McNutt M, Nerem RM, Schekman R, Shiffrin R, Stodden V, Suresh S, Zuber MT, Pope BK, Jamieson KH. SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY. Self-correction in science at work. Science. 2015 Jun 26; 348(6242):1420-2. PMID: 26113701.
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    11. Alberts B, Kirschner MW, Tilghman S, Varmus H. Opinion: Addressing systemic problems in the biomedical research enterprise. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Feb 17; 112(7):1912-3. PMID: 25691698; PMCID: PMC4343141.
    12. Alberts B. PAUL MEAD DOTY, 1 JUNE 1920 - 5 DECEMBER 2011. Proc Am Philos Soc. 2014 Dec; 158(4):423-8. PMID: 26665589.
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    13. Alberts B, Kirschner MW, Tilghman S, Varmus H. Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Apr 22; 111(16):5773-7. PMID: 24733905; PMCID: PMC4000813.
    14. Alberts B, McNutt M. Science demystified. Science. 2013 Oct 18; 342(6156):289. PMID: 24136936.
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    15. Alberts B, Beachy R, Baulcombe D, Blobel G, Datta S, Fedoroff N, Kennedy D, Khush GS, Peacock J, Rees M, Sharp P. Standing up for GMOs. Science. 2013 Sep 20; 341(6152):1320. PMID: 24052276.
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    16. Alberts B. After 5 years at Science. Science. 2013 May 31; 340(6136):1015. PMID: 23723204.
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    17. Alberts B. Impact factor distortions. Science. 2013 May 17; 340(6134):787. PMID: 23687012.
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    18. Alberts B. On effective leadership. Science. 2013 May 10; 340(6133):660. PMID: 23661724.
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    19. Alberts B. Prioritizing science education. Science. 2013 Apr 19; 340(6130):249. PMID: 23599445.
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    20. Alberts B. Am I wrong? Science. 2013 Mar 15; 339(6125):1252. PMID: 23493681.
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    21. Alberts B. Why national science academies? Science. 2013 Mar 01; 339(6123):1011. PMID: 23449561.
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    22. Alberts B. Designing scientific meetings. Science. 2013 Feb 15; 339(6121):737. PMID: 23413322.
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    23. Coffey J, Alberts B. Improving education standards. Science. 2013 Feb 01; 339(6119):489. PMID: 23371979.
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    24. Alberts B. Reflecting on goals for Science. Science. 2013 Jan 04; 339(6115):10. PMID: 23288513.
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    25. Alberts B. The breakthroughs of 2012. Science. 2012 Dec 21; 338(6114):1511. PMID: 23258851.
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    26. Alberts B. Mobilizing scientific societies. Science. 2012 Dec 14; 338(6113):1396. PMID: 23239700.
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    27. Alberts B. Failure of skin-deep learning. Science. 2012 Dec 07; 338(6112):1263. PMID: 23224524.
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    28. Alberts B. Thriving on common ground. Science. 2012 Oct 26; 338(6106):443. PMID: 23112298.
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    29. Alberts B. The end of "small science"? Science. 2012 Sep 28; 337(6102):1583. PMID: 23019614.
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    30. Austin J, Alberts B. Planning career paths for Ph.D.s. Science. 2012 Sep 07; 337(6099):1149. PMID: 22955803.
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    31. Alberts B. H5N1. Introduction. Science. 2012 Jun 22; 336(6088):1521. PMID: 22723406.
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    32. Alberts B. Scientist citizen: an interview with Bruce Alberts. PLoS Genet. 2012 May; 8(5):e1002743. PMID: 22693457; PMCID: PMC3364944.
    33. Alberts B. Creativity at the interface. Science. 2012 Apr 13; 336(6078):131. PMID: 22499904.
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    34. Alberts B. Teaching real science. Science. 2012 Jan 27; 335(6067):380. PMID: 22282774.
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    35. Alberts B. Trivializing science education. Science. 2012 Jan 20; 335(6066):263. PMID: 22267776.
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    36. Alberts B. Voices of the next generation. Science. 2012 Jan 06; 335(6064):13. PMID: 22223776.
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    37. Alberts B. Retraction. Science. 2011 Dec 23; 334(6063):1636. PMID: 22194552.
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    38. Alberts B. Science breakthroughs. Science. 2011 Dec 23; 334(6063):1604. PMID: 22194530.
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    39. Alberts B. Science adapters wanted. Science. 2011 Nov 25; 334(6059):1031. PMID: 22116841.
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    40. Alberts B. Editorial expression of concern. Science. 2011 Nov 11; 334(6057):760. PMID: 22045832.
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    41. Alberts B. Editorial expression of concern. Science. 2011 Oct 21; 334(6054):310. PMID: 22021836.
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    42. Alberts B. Turkey and science academies. Science. 2011 Sep 30; 333(6051):1801. PMID: 21960594.
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    43. Alberts B. A grand challenge in biology. Science. 2011 Sep 02; 333(6047):1200. PMID: 21885740.
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    44. Alberts B. Getting education right. Science. 2011 Aug 19; 333(6045):919. PMID: 21852458.
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    45. Alberts B. Editorial expression of concern. Science. 2011 Jul 01; 333(6038):35. PMID: 21719658.
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    46. Alberts B. Editor's note. Science. 2011 Jun 03; 332(6034):1149. PMID: 21636758.
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    47. Alberts B. Editor's Note. Science. 2011 May 27. PMID: 21622710.
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    48. Alberts B. The new Egypt. Science. 2011 Apr 29; 332(6029):513. PMID: 21527679.
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    49. Alberts B. The Young Academy movement. Science. 2011 Apr 15; 332(6027):283. PMID: 21493825.
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    50. Alberts B. The challenge of cancer. Science. 2011 Mar 25; 331(6024):1491. PMID: 21436405.
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    51. Hanson B, Sugden A, Alberts B. Making data maximally available. Science. 2011 Feb 11; 331(6018):649. PMID: 21310971.
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    52. Alberts B. Lessons from genomics. Science. 2011 Feb 04; 331(6017):511. PMID: 21292941.
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    53. Alberts B. A new college Science prize. Science. 2011 Jan 07; 331(6013):10. PMID: 21212326.
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    54. Alberts B. Model organisms and human health. Science. 2010 Dec 24; 330(6012):1724. PMID: 21177975.
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    55. Alberts B. Is the frontier really endless? Science. 2010 Dec 17; 330(6011):1587. PMID: 21163969.
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    56. Alberts B. Policy-making needs science. Science. 2010 Dec 03; 330(6009):1287. PMID: 21127219.
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    57. Alberts B. Cell biology: the endless frontier. Mol Biol Cell. 2010 Nov 15; 21(22):3785. PMID: 21079009; PMCID: PMC2982093.
    58. Alberts B. Editorial expression of concern. Science. 2010 Nov 12; 330(6006):912. PMID: 21071647.
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    59. Alberts B. Driving U.S. energy leadership. Science. 2010 Oct 29; 330(6004):559. PMID: 21030613.
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    60. Alberts B. An education that inspires. Science. 2010 Oct 22; 330(6003):427. PMID: 20966219.
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    61. Alberts B. Overbuilding research capacity. Science. 2010 Sep 10; 329(5997):1257. PMID: 20829455.
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    62. Alberts B. Reframing science standards. Science. 2010 Jul 30; 329(5991):491. PMID: 20671157.
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    63. Alberts B. Prioritizing science education. Science. 2010 Apr 23; 328(5977):405. PMID: 20413460.
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    64. Alberts B. Science education web sites. Science. 2010 Jan 29; 327(5965):504. PMID: 20110470.
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    65. Alberts B. Promoting scientific standards. Science. 2010 Jan 01; 327(5961):12. PMID: 20044544.
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    66. Alberts B. The breakthroughs of 2009. Science. 2009 Dec 18; 326(5960):1589. PMID: 20019250.
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    67. Alberts B. Editorial expression of concern. Science. 2010 Jan 08; 327(5962):144. PMID: 20019246.
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    68. Alberts B. On incentives for innovation. Science. 2009 Nov 27; 326(5957):1163. PMID: 19965437.
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    69. Alberts B. On becoming a scientist. Science. 2009 Nov 13; 326(5955):916. PMID: 19965482.
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    70. Alberts B. The art of translation. Science. 2009 Oct 09; 326(5950):205. PMID: 19815740.
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    71. Alberts B. Understanding human origins. Science. 2009 Oct 02; 326(5949):17. PMID: 19797627.
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    72. Alberts B. Redefining cancer research. Science. 2009 Sep 11; 325(5946):1319. PMID: 19745119.
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    73. Alberts B. Open access: the sooner the better. Science. 2009 Jul 17; 325(5938):266. PMID: 19608895.
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    74. Alberts B. Retraction. Science. 2009 Apr 24; 324(5926):463. PMID: 19390025.
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    75. Alberts B. Science for science. Science. 2009 Apr 03; 324(5923):13. PMID: 19342554.
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    76. Alberts B. Redefining science education. Science. 2009 Jan 23; 323(5913):437. PMID: 19164710.
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    77. Alberts B. Making a science of education. Science. 2009 Jan 02; 323(5910):15. PMID: 19119187.
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    78. Alberts B. Celebrating a year of Science. Science. 2008 Dec 19; 322(5909):1757. PMID: 19095901.
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    79. Alberts B. A scientific approach to policy. Science. 2008 Dec 05; 322(5907):1435. PMID: 19056942.
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    80. Alberts B. Bruce Alberts: Education, education, education. [Interview by Ruth Williams]. J Cell Biol. 2008 Sep 08; 182(5):820-1. PMID: 18779365; PMCID: PMC2528572.
    81. Alberts B. Scientific publishing standards. Science. 2008 Sep 05; 321(5894):1271. PMID: 18772400.
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    82. Alberts B, Hanson B, Kelner KL. Reviewing peer review. Science. 2008 Jul 04; 321(5885):15. PMID: 18599743.
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    83. Alberts B. New career paths for scientists. Science. 2008 Apr 18; 320(5874):289. PMID: 18420902.
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    84. Alberts B. Hybrid vigor in science. Science. 2008 Apr 11; 320(5873):155. PMID: 18403678.
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    85. Alberts B. The promise of cancer research. Science. 2008 Apr 04; 320(5872):19. PMID: 18388262.
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    86. Alberts B. Shortcuts to medical progress? Science. 2008 Mar 28; 319(5871):1733. PMID: 18369107.
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    87. Alberts B. Considering science education. Science. 2008 Mar 21; 319(5870):1589. PMID: 18356492.
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    88. Alberts B. A new Editor-in-Chief. Science. 2008 Mar 07; 319(5868):1307. PMID: 18323419.
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    89. Kennedy D, Alberts B. Editorial expression of concern. Science. 2008 03 07; 319(5868):1335. PMID: 18316542.
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    90. Alberts B. Obituary: Daniel Koshland (1920-2007). Nature. 2007 Aug 23; 448(7156):882. PMID: 17713525.
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    91. Alberts B. Evaluating education effectiveness. Science. 2006 Apr 07; 312(5770):54-5. PMID: 16601176.
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    92. Alberts B. A wakeup call for science faculty. Cell. 2005 Dec 02; 123(5):739-41. PMID: 16325564.
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    93. Alberts B. Modeling attacks on the food supply. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Jul 12; 102(28):9737-8. PMID: 15985557; PMCID: PMC1175018.
    94. Alberts B. Election to the National Academy of Sciences: Pathways to membership. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 May 24; 102(21):7405-6. PMID: 16586925.
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    95. Alberts B. Attention, class: a departing NAS president speaks his mind. Interview by Jeffrey Mervis. Science. 2005 May 20; 308(5725):1108. PMID: 15905380.
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    96. Alberts B. A wake-up call. Nature. 2004 Oct 28; 431(7012):1041. PMID: 15510128.
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    97. Alberts B, Fineberg HV. Harnessing new science is vital for biodefense and global health. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Aug 03; 101(31):11177. PMID: 15249671; PMCID: PMC509179.
    98. Harrison SC, Alberts B, Ehrenfeld E, Enquist L, Fineberg H, McKnight SL, Moss B, O'Donnell M, Ploegh H, Schmid SL, Walter KP, Theriot J. Discovery of antivirals against smallpox. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 Aug 03; 101(31):11178-92. PMID: 15249657; PMCID: PMC509180.
    99. Alberts B, Labov JB. From the National Academies: teaching the science of evolution. Cell Biol Educ. 2004; 3(2):75-80. PMID: 15257332; PMCID: PMC437646.
    100. Alberts B. Bio2010 misinterpreted? Science. 2003 Nov 28; 302(5650):1504. PMID: 14645827.
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    101. Alberts B. Walter Kauzmann's contributions to the future of science: a personal recollection. Biophys Chem. 2003 Sep; 105(2-3):175-7. PMID: 14499889.
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    102. Alberts B. DNA replication and recombination. Nature. 2003 Jan 23; 421(6921):431-5. PMID: 12540917.
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    103. Alberts B, May RM. Scientist support for biological weapons controls. Science. 2002 Nov 08; 298(5596):1135. PMID: 12424342.
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    104. Vogelstein B, Alberts B, Shine K. Genetics. Please don't call it cloning! Science. 2002 Feb 15; 295(5558):1237. PMID: 11847324.
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    105. Alberts B. From the National Academies. Cell Biol Educ. 2002; 1(4):109-10. PMID: 12669096; PMCID: PMC149811.
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