Happy Birthday DNA


Tom Ireland examines how two of the most famous achievements in science contributed to modern genetics and discovers what lies ahead in the study of our genome

The Biologist Vol 60(2) p22-25

This April marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of the human genome project and 60 years since the discovery of the structure of DNA. The former has been compared by some to man landing on the moon, while the latter was announced to the world as the ‘secret’ of life itself. There are arguments to be had over whether these are overstatements, but both achievements paved the way for countless scientific and medical advances, and both placed genetics at the very heart of all aspects of modern biology...

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