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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Happy Birthday DNA
Big shots in molecular biology are inspired in the lab as much as over a pint, seemingly. Or “dancing naked” on some harder stuff. It all started 60 years ago, when on February 28th, 1953, two rookie scientists showed up at The Eagle pub in Cambridge to announce they just had uncovered the “secret of life” . 24-year-old Dr James Watson and 36-year-old postgraduate student Francis Crick had a lot to celebrate: they had just taken a shortcut to finding the structure of DNA and built a giant model that signalled the beginning of a new scientific era. Watson and Crick’s revelation down at The Eagle was the spark that a couple of months later, on April 25th, ignited the big bang of molecular biology when three seminal papers were published in parallel in the journal Nature proposing the structure of DNA.