Friday April 25, 2003

50 years of the Double Helix

On April 25, 1953, James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announced the structure of DNA in the journal, Nature. Unlike many scientific papers, this one had a simple title: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid. Fifty years has gone by; a lot has changed. Today we have sequenced the human genome.
In April 2003 , NHGRI and the Department of Energy will celebrate three historic events: the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix, the essential completion of the human genome sequence and publication of NHGRI's new vision for genomics research.

     --  National Human Genome Research Institute

I recommend James Watson's personal account of the discovery, The Double Helix. It's an interesting read.
50 years of the Double Helix ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Fri, 25 Apr, 23:15 Pacific

ETech Con - Day Three

This was the third (and last) day of the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference. Still a winner. We didn't attend even one session that didn't make us think and give us something to discuss. No session that we attended was boring or uninteresting, nor was any session exactly what we thought we expected. I think this is the first conference I have attended where I can truly make those claims.. ...
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ETech Con - Day Three ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Fri, 25 Apr, 23:00 Pacific