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Question 1: Lederberg graduated from Stuyvesant High School in ________ at the age of 15 in 1941.
ManhattanNew York CityBrooklynNew York metropolitan area

Question 2: This process, called transduction, explained how bacteria of different species could gain resistance to the same ________ very quickly.
ATC code J01Nucleic acid inhibitorAntibiotic misuseAntibiotic

Question 3: This included work in the NASA experimental programs seeking life on Mars and the chemistry expert system ________.
Joshua LederbergJohn McCarthy (computer scientist)DendralArtificial intelligence

Question 4: In 1994, he headed the Department of Defense's Task Force on Persian Gulf War Health Effects, which investigated ________.
UraniumDepleted uraniumGulf War syndromeChemical warfare

Question 5: Lederberg and his graduate student Norton Zinder went on to show in 1952 that bacteriophages could transfer genetic information between bacteria in ________[6].

Question 6: In 1946 and 1947, Lederberg took a leave of absence to study under the mentorship of Tatum at ________.
Princeton UniversityHarvard UniversityYale UniversityBrown University

Question 7: Teaming up with ________, his public advocacy for what he termed exobiology helped expand the role of biology in NASA.
Carl SaganCosmos (book)Cosmos: A Personal VoyagePale Blue Dot (book)

Question 8: He was just 33 years old when he won the 1958 ________ for discovering that bacteria can mate and exchange genes.
Nobel Prize in Physiology or MedicineSalvador LuriaStanley Cohen (biochemist)Barbara McClintock

Question 9: In addition to his contributions to biology, Lederberg did extensive research in ________.
Artificial intelligenceRené DescartesKarl PopperDaniel Dennett

Question 10: Albans Naval Hospital, where he examined sailors' blood and stool samples for ________.
AIDSMalariaBabesiosisPlasmodium falciparum


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