Felix Friedberg

Howard UniversityUnited States of America

Dr. Felix Friedberg received the B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Denver (1944) and the Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley (1947). He joined the faculty of the Biochemistry Department at Howard University Medical School (Washington, DC) as an instructor (1948) and there he advanced through the ranks to a full professorship. He has published more than one hundred papers in prominent scientific journals usually with co-workers on such topics as: Incorporation of C14 labeled glycine into the protein of tissue homogenates  (Fed Proc 1948).  Studies in protein metabolism of the amphibian embryo (J Exptl Zool 1949). On carbon dioxide fixation in vivo (J Biol Chem 1952). The carboxylation of propionic acid by liver mitochondria (J Biol Chem 1956). Gamma irradiation of polypeptides: Transformation of amino acids (Science 1963) Ion binding by ATP-creatine phosphotransferase (J Biol Chem 1966). Cloning and characterization of the beta-amylase gene from Bacillus polymyxa (J Bact 1986). Calculation and verification of the ages of retroprocessed pseudogenes (Mol Phylogenet Evol 2000). Calmodulin genes in Zebrafish (Mol Biol Rep 2005). Single and multiple CH domain containing multidomain proteins in Dictostelium discoideum (Mol Biol Rep 2010). Professor Friedberg also authored two small books: Thoughts About Life (Philosophical Library, New York, 1954) and Caveat Homo Sapiens: The Furtive Mind (University Press of America, Inc 2000).

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Latest work with IntechOpen by Felix Friedberg

The book Gene Duplication consists of 21 chapters divided in 3 parts: General Aspects, A Look at Some Gene Families and Examining Bundles of Genes. The importance of the study of Gene Duplication stems from the realization that the dynamic process of duplication is the "sine qua non" underlying the evolution of all living matter. Genes may be altered before or after the duplication process thereby undergoing neofunctionalization, thus creating in time new organisms which populate the Earth.

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