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Abstract Volume 8 Issue 3 (2003) pp 219-230

DNA Structure: Happy 50th Birthday!

George B. Kauffman

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,
Received May 14, 2003. Accepted May 14, 2003

Published online: 2 May 2003

Abstract. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Watson and Crick’s double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the history of the compound from its discovery in 1869 through the latest cutting-edge developments in forensic science, biotechnology, and genetic engineering as well as its exploitation in the mass media are recounted. Some anniversary events and exhibitions are also mentioned.

Key Words:  Chemistry and History; DNA; history of chemistry; Nobel Prize; genetic engineering; biotechnology; human genome project; cloning; molecular biology; pharmaceuticals; forensic science; Linus Pauling; science in the mass media

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Issue date: June 1, 2003

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