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William G. Quinn
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neurobiologist whose research with fruit flies is focused on their learning capabilities, and trying to identify relevant genes in the DNA of the fly’s X-chromosome. He continues his work as Professor Emeritus at M.I.T.

Science Quotes by William G. Quinn (1 quote)

It is the business of scientists to explain away the magic in the world. The largest coherent body of magic remaining is the behavior of (humans) and animals.
— William G. Quinn
In paper co-authored by William G. Quinn and James L. Gould, 'Nerves and genes', Nature (1 Mar 1979), 278, No. 5699, 23. As partially quoted in Michael F. Roberts and Anne E. Kruchten, Receptor Biology (2016), 238.
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