Vittorio Sgaramella

Born in Milano on 19.03.37, he holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Pavia ’61. In 1987 he has been appointed full professor of Molecular biology at the University of Calabria, Faculty of Sciences, Dept. Cell Biology, up to his retirement in Oct. 2003. From 1999 through 2002 he has been on leave at the Centro Linceo Interdisciplinare of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome. In the period 1980-1987 he has been associate professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Pavia. From 1972 to 1980 he has been researcher at the CNR in Pavia. Previously between 1968 and 1992 he has been research associate and visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin and at MIT (with Nobelist Dr. H. G. Khorana), at Stanford University and at Rockefeller University (with Nobelist Dr. J. Lederberg). His contributions to science are: one of the first isolations of a gene, as a hybrid between DNA and ribosomal RNA in B. subtilis, in Pavia (1967); the first synthesis of gene, with H. G. Khorana (1969); the discovery of the blunt-end ligation (1970); the discovery of the  joinability of DNA restriction termini (1972), in the US; back in Italy, the production of yeast artificial chromosomes, YAC, with single inserts (Pavia, 1980); the discovery of the ligase improved-multiple displacement DNA amplification (Lodi, 2003). He has authored/coauthored over 250 scientific papers and popularization articles.
At present he is responsible of the Section of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Centro Ricerche e Studi Agroalimentari (CERSA) at the Parco Tecnologico Padano (PTP), Lodi, which he helped founding.

Dall'atomica alla slow science

Il 6 e il 9 agosto del 1945 gli USA sganciarono su due popolose città giapponesi le prime due bombe atomiche della storia. Una distrusse Hiroshima, l’altra Nagasaki: centinaia di migliaia i morti e altrettanti se non di più i feriti e i traumatizzati, molti non ancora nati. Il Giappone s’arrese e finì così la seconda guerra mondiale. Ma quelle due bombe segnalarono all’umanità l’inizio di un’era da cui potrebbe anche non uscire e che comunque vive e vivrà con l’angoscia che la sopravvivenza sua e della vita quale la conosciamo è a rischio.

Siamo tutti OGM: allarme rosso?

Lo scorso agosto la rivista The New Yorker, nota per le sue posizioni liberali e le sue pungenti vignette, ha pubblicato un articolo di M. Specter, autore d’un discusso libro (Denialism, o Negazionismo), che nel sottotitolo denunciava come il pensiero irrazionale ostacola il progresso scientifico, danneggia il pianeta e minaccia le nostre vite(sic).

Bioscience in Europe, which role for Italy?

Adriano Buzzati Traverso will be remembered as scientist, professor and, above all, as manager of a research with no boundaries: during his frequent journeys abroad - on this or the other side of the Atlantic - he rapidly realized that bioscientific research in Italy had to get rid of any provincialism, empowering the exchanges with more advanced countries. Establishing the International Laboratory of Genetics and Biop