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The Revolutionary History of DNA

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA. This achievement—for which scientists Francis Harry Compton Crick, James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins received the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine—sparked a revolution in medicine and biology by explicating the functions of the gene for the first time. Check the links below to learn more about DNA and this revolutionary discovery.



 DNA: The Secret of Life  by James D. Watson, with Andrew Berry

Fifty years ago, Watson helped launch the greatest ongoing scientific quest of our time. Now, with unique authority and sweeping vision, he gives us the first full account of the genetic revolution--from Mendel's garden to the double helix to the sequencing of the human genome and beyond.


 The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix by James D. Watson

In his 1968 memoir, "the brash young scientist James Watson chronicled the drama of the race to identify the structure of DNA, a discovery that would usher in the era of modern molecular biology. This annotated and illustrated edition adds new richness to the account of the momentous events that led the charge.


 DNA USA : A Genetic Portrait of America by Bryan Sykes

From the blue-blooded pockets of old-WASP New England to the vast tribal lands of the Navajo, Bryan Sykes takes us on a historical genetic tour, interviewing genealogists, geneticists, anthropologists, and everyday Americans with compelling ancestral stories.


 Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner

Written by two of the country's top genealogists, this authoritative book is the first to explain how new and groundbreaking genetic testing can help you research your ancestry. The authors reveal exactly what is possible—and what is not possible—with genetic testing, including case studies of both famous historical mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.


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