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The chemical structure of DNA II – Genes – the units of inheritance (4/10)

The breakthrough was in 1953, thanks to Cambridge scientists, Francis Crick and James Watson, in the most celebrated research of the 20th century. Using the x-ray pictures of DNA, taken by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, they struggled to make the data about the spaces between the atoms fit into a structure that made sense. […]

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What is CRISPR & How Could It Edit Your DNA?

CRISPR could be responsible for a new era of genetically perfected plants, animals, and even humans…but what the heck is it? Hello imperfect humans, Trace here for DNews. A few years ago, something called Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats or CRISPR burst onto scene. It worked so well scientists began issuing ethical statements about […]

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The chemical structure of DNA I – Genes – the units of inheritance (3/10)

This is Tübingen in southern Germany. Its castle was the unlikely setting for a breakthrough in molecular biology. Friedrich Miescher was a young researcher stationed at the laboratory here. On the advice of his uncle, he studied the cell nucleus. His experimental material was white blood cells taken from the pus-soaked bandages of wounded soldiers […]

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