Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

DNA Pioneer to Give Tyneside Talk

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

DNA Pioneer to Give Tyneside Talk

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ONE of the discoverers of DNA, Dr James Watson, will look back on his extraordinary career at an event on Tyneside.

Dr Watson will be giving a lecture at Newcastle's Centre for Life, for which he is a patron, on Sunday.

Dr Watson identified the double helical structure of DNA, the biological material that carries heredity, with Francis Crick in 1953. The pair were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.

After making the discovery, Dr Watson continued his career in science, running a lab at Harvard University and then building the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

He has been a leading figure in biology for more than 50 years, is a strong advocate for cancer research, and was the first director of the Human Genome Project.

Dr Watson, who will be interviewed by Observer science editor Robin Mckie at the event, will also talk about his early life growing up in Chicago and his time at Harvard.

Linda Conlon, chief executive of the Centre for Life, said: "This lecture promises to give aspiring Watsons a candid insight into the life of one of the world's best-known scientists. …

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