Research on Beatrice Mintz

Bert Gold bgold at itsa.ucsf.edu
Thu Nov 16 19:08:49 EST 1995

Beatrice Mintz is a wonderful older woman biologist who has worked for
many years at the Institute for Cancer Research, now the Fox-Chase
Institute for Cancer Research in Philadelphia on the genetics of
mice, and on a remarkable form of cancer in totipotent stem cells
named teratocarcinoma.  It would take a book to explain all of the
contributions of Dr. Mintz to molecular and cellular biology and genetics,
but, I would suggest you start your research with the multi-volume work
named American Men and Women of Science, available in most libraries,
and read about Dr. Mintz' early days, her graduate work in Iowa City,
and her incredible experiment of the early 70's showing that cancer can
be reversed given the right microenvironment.

Why Dr. Mintz has not been awarded a Nobel Prize has always been
a mystery to me...


Bert Gold, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine
Program in Medical Genetics

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