Currently alive, at 89 years of age.
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1929 – Born on June 3rd in Gränichen, Switzerland. Swiss microbiologist Werner Arber was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology.
– Arber studied at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, the University of Geneva, and the University of Southern California.
1960 – He served on the faculty at Geneva, when he became professor of microbiology at the University of Basel.
– He proposed that when bacteria defend themselves against attack by viruses, they use selective enzymes which cut the DNA chain of the infecting virus.
1978 – Was co-recipient with Daniel Nathans and Hamilton Othanel Smith of the United States of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
1984 – Author of the book, Genetic Manipulation: Impact on Man and Society.