Edelman, Gerald Maurice at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. biochemist. Born in New York City, he received an MD from the Univ. of Pennsylvania and a PhD from Rockefeller Univ. His work with Rodney Porter (1917-1985) on antibodies won a 1972 Nobel Prize. By modeling an entire antibody molecule, Edelman's team found it had more than 1,300 amino acids in a four-chain structure and identified the locations where antigens bind. Focusing on formation and differentiation of tissues and organs, they discovered cell-adhesion molecules, proteins that attach cells together to make tissues. Edelman's attempt at a general theory of neural development and brain function is discussed in his Neural Darwinism (1987).