GEN Celebrates Publication of Historic Watson-Crick DNA Structure Paper
New Rochelle, NY, April 1, 2013—Sixty years ago this month the foundation stone of the global biotechnology industry was laid, reports Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN). For on April 25 1953, Nature published a paper by James Watson and Francis Crick that began with the simple sentence: “We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid,” i.e., how DNA is built, according to the April 1 issue of GEN.
“The paper’s second sentence, ‘This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest,’ is remarkably prophetic yet somewhat understated,” says John Sterling, Editor in Chief, GEN. “In essence, Watson and Crick’s achievement set the stage for everything that was to happen in the biological sciences over the next six decades, including the advent of the bioindustry. That’s why we included a special DNA@60 section in our April 1 issue.”
Six well-experienced scientists contributed to the special section. Each comes with a unique perspective on DNA’s impact on biological research:
“There would be no biotechnology without a deep understanding of DNA’s structure and function,” continued Sterling. “There also would be no GEN. We are delighted to play our part in commemorating this seminal event in the history of science.”
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News (http://www.genengnews.com), which is published 21 times a year by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., is the most widely read biotechnology news magazine worldwide. It includes articles on Drug Discovery, Bioprocessing, OMICS, Biobusiness, and Translational Medicine.