Double Helix

Fifty years ago today, James Watson and Francis Crick published their Nobel prize winning discovery in Nature describing the geometric shape of the DNA molecule. Mathematician Keith Devlin said, “Their discovery opened the door to a new understanding of life in general and genetics in particular, setting humanity on a path that in many quite literal ways would change life forever.”
Also this month (this year), the National Human Genome Research Institute has announced that the complete detailed mapping of the human genetic code is essentially complete.