The Vivarium. Forerunner of today’s Systems Biology
The Vienna Vivarium accommodated from 1902 the “Biologische Versuchsanstalt”, which in 1914 was incorporated into the Academy of Sciences. It was founded by Hans Przibram and others and one of the most popular scientists was Paul Kammerer whose research can be interpreted as a forerunner of epigenetic inheritance. Gerd Müller, vice-president of the BCSSS, says the work done there anticipated what is known today as Systems Biology, that is, the study of systems level properties of organisms. The Austrian radio station Ö1 produced a radio feature with Müller and others called “Dimensionen – die Welt der Wissenschaft. Das Vivarium. Experimentelle Biologie im Wiener Prater. Eine Spurensuche von Birgit Dalheimer”. It was broadcast on 31 October 2016.
Since the Biologische Versuchsanstalt was defamed as Jewish research institute, it was finally closed down. Przibram died in the KZ Theresienstadt.
Subscribe to our Systems Newsletter
- Keynote at the invitation of CIRCULAR4.0 “The European Green Deal – Economic Potential for SMEs”
- Keynote address at the invitation of Energie Steiermark “Potentials of the Circular Economy”
- Expert interview with Circular Business Academy (CBA), Slovenia on the innovation potential of the circular economy for SMEs
- UNIDO: Global consultations on circular economy
- Mission Innovation Austria 2021: A platform for all drivers and shapers of innovation and the energy system of the future