- Nobel Prize winners in physiology or medicine are gathering in late June with hundreds of young scientists in Lindau, Germany.
- To mark the event, Scientific American is publishing excerpts of biology-related articles that Nobelists have written for the magazine.
- Stories focusing on cells address the origin and structure of key organic molecules and how complex cells came into being.
- Other excerpts cover the roots of disease, why animals behave as they do, and how the brain operates and creates the mind.
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Every year in Lindau, Germany, winners of Nobel Prizes join young researchers for panel discussions, presentations and informal conversation. This year, from June 26 to July 1, about 20 Nobel laureates in physiology or medicine and 550 rising science stars chosen from more than 60 countries are participating. To commemorate the event, Scientific American has selected excerpts from some of its most memorable articles authored by laureates in the biological sciences. The passages trace overlapping arcs of scientific discovery and progress from the 1950s onward in cell biology, medicine, animal behavior and neuroscience. For ease of reading, we have not indicated deletions within the excerpts, many of which have been condensed significantly.
This article was originally published with the title A Nobel Celebration.