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Anniversary of Double Helix Discovery Reveals Changing Nature of Science

Sixty years ago, Watson and Crick discovered the double helix structure to DNA. A recent article in The Guardian describes how the advancement changed the nature of scientific collaboration.

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When James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix structure of DNA, it marked a turning point in modern science. Sixty years later, we’re now able to encode, decipher and extract genes tracing back millions of years. But it wasn’t just these discoveries that left their impact on science.

Modern genetics, including the Human Genome Project, have morphed the way the scientific community fundamentally does science. Instead of focusing on individual discovery and progression, a more open, collaborative marketplace was born.

This sense of increased scientific collaboration is at the heart of WID, demonstrating the shift away from individual achievements and toward more collaborative enterprises.

Read DNA Double Helix: Discovery that Led to 60 Years of Biological Revolution, via The Guardian


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