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Title: Our Hidden Past: Biology, Part 1

Abstract

After World War II, vacant buildings at Y-12 and a growing new Biology Division for which there was not adequate space at Oak Ridge National Laboratory combined to provide a home for genetic research at Y-12. In January 1949, the Biology Division moved into Building 9210.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Y-12 (Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (Y-12), Oak Ridge, TN (United States))
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1341010
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; Y-12; BIOLOGY DIVISION; GENETIC RESEARCH; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION

Citation Formats

Smith, Ray, Congdon, Charles, Bervin, Barry, Gaulden, Mary Esther, and Russell, Liane. Our Hidden Past: Biology, Part 1. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Smith, Ray, Congdon, Charles, Bervin, Barry, Gaulden, Mary Esther, & Russell, Liane. Our Hidden Past: Biology, Part 1. United States.
Smith, Ray, Congdon, Charles, Bervin, Barry, Gaulden, Mary Esther, and Russell, Liane. Sun . "Our Hidden Past: Biology, Part 1". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1341010.
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