Happy DNA Day!

Yes, there really is such a thing as “DNA Day”. See the Wikipedia entry!


Sixty one years ago today, on the 25th April 1953, the journal Nature published a revolutionary paper by Francis Crick and James D Watson. With crucial help from Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, they had built a coherent, credible model of the DNA molecule.


In the paper they say:


“We wish to put forward a radically different structure for the salt deoxyribose nucleic acid. This structure has two helical chains coiled around the same axis” …


“It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material”.



This discovery changed the study of life sciences for ever.


If you want to read up on DNA – you might like our book:


“DNA : a graphic guide to the molecule that shook the world”




Clare Allan
Subject Librarian





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