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Arthur Kornberg, considered one of the pioneers in the field of Human Genetics and a "towering" presence in American medicine, was awarded the 1959 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his groundbreaking work to describe how DNA is built. In the same year, he founded the Department of Biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he was active until his death on October 26 at the age of 89.
Germ Stories began many years ago when Kornberg created fanciful bedtime stories about germs for his three sons -- one of whom, Roger, would grow up to win his own Nobel Prize in chemistry (2006). Kornberg frequently expressed his desire to share with children the excitement and wonder of viruses and bacteria. With the publication of his last book, Germ Stories, he got his wish.