Casting a long shadow in the classroom: an educator's perspective of the contributions of Carl Woese

RNA Biol. 2014;11(3):244-7. doi: 10.4161/rna.28002. Epub 2014 Feb 7.


"What does one do when the giants pass away?" remarked a very famous microbiologist to me, soon after the death of Carl Woese in late 2012. I teach microbiology and introductory cell and molecular biology at a small undergraduate institution; Woese's example and contributions have long been part of every class I teach, and with good reason. Thus, I didn't know quite what to say to my colleague at first; I was still mentally processing the event.

Keywords: Woese; commentary; education; paradigm shift; phylogenetics; undergraduate.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Archaea / genetics
  • Bacteria / genetics
  • Biology / education*
  • Humans