The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology Is Transforming the Way We Live and Who We Are

The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology Is Transforming the Way We Live and Who We Are

The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology Is Transforming the Way We Live and Who We Are

The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology Is Transforming the Way We Live and Who We Are

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It is a greater achievement than the discovery of vaccines and antibiotics combined. And it is no exaggeration to say that, as a result of it, the world of human beings will never be the same.

I am talking, of course, about the discovery of the DNA double helix by an American and a Brit, James Watson and Francis Crick, in 1953. On a chilly February day, something profound happened. It barely got a mention in the papers that whole year. But Watson and Crick, they knew. “We found it!” Crick shouted upon bursting into The Eagle, an off-campus pub close to their University of Cambridge lab. “We have found the secret of life!”

In April 2003, fully fifty years later, history was made again. A group of scientists announced they had taken Watson and Crick's great insight to yet another level. They published an enormous list—a list of the chemicals that make up all the genes in the DNA

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