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Raymond Gesteland, 2001-06-04

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Oral History | Raymond Gesteland
Oral History | Raymond Gesteland

Scope and Contents

Raymond Gesteland, genetics researcher, is interviewed by Mila Pollock and Jan Witkowski, on June 4, 2001, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Raymond Gesteland's interview discusses the following: Scene 1. From Geneva to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 2. Arriving at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 3. Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 4. John Cairns and Jim Watson -- Scene 5. John Cairns as Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 6. Jim Watson as Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 7. Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 8. Working as a mentor: Gerry Rubin -- Scene 9. Cold Spring Harbor Symposia -- Scene 10. Jim Watson's lab at Harvard -- Scene 11. Joan Steitz at Jim Watson's lab -- Scene 12. Working with Jim Watson at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 13. Jim Watson, writer -- Scene 14. Assistant Director of Research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 15. Bob Pollock -- Scene 16. Recombinant DNA research controversy -- Scene 17. Rich Roberts at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory -- Scene 18. The future of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.


  • Creation: 2001-06-04


Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online: Select tapes have been digitized thanks to support from CLIR Recordings at Risk Grant awarded in 2021, these tapes are available for research online via our Oral History Website and in person at CSHL Archives. Please contact CSHL Archives with any questions regarding availability.

Biographical / Historical

Raymond Gesteland, biologist, has made progress in describing essential mechanisms for controlled gene expression. His research on recoding provides insight into replication of RNA viruses such as HIV and the genetic code. Gesteland also concentrates on ribosome function and response to mRNA signals. He received a master’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. After working at Alfred Tissières Laboratory in Geneva, in 1967, Gesteland arrived at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to work under Jim Watson as Assistant Director for Research. Gesteland is a former Vice President for Research and Chairman of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. He currently holds the positions of Distinguished Professor of Biology and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics.


3 Cassettes (Camcorder footage.) : Hi-8 - CSHL1246, CSHL1247, CSHL1248

1 Optical Disks (Talking science with Raymond Gesteland.) : DVD ; 37 min

5 Cassettes (Working copies.) : VHS: Raymond Gesteland GESTELAND_RAYMOND_01 [0:54:03] unedited; 2034 Gesteland Raymond 50m GESTELAND_RAYMOND_02 [0:57:25] unedited duplicate of 01; 2034E Gesteland Ray GESTELAND_RAYMOND_03 [0:40:41] edited; 2034E Gesteland Raymond 40m GESTELAND_RAYMOND_04 [0:40:43] edited; 2034E Gesteland Ray 40m GESTELAND_RAYMOND_05 [0:40:26] edited

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Interview recorded on Hi-8, then transferred to VHS and DVD. VHS digitized in 2021 by CLIR RAR Grant.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
One Bungtown Rd
Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724 USA