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2013-04-18 21:36:57

It is rare that an unpublished piece of research or theory remains significant after half a century. It is also a wonderful example of the boundless curiosity of the late Francis Crick. A previously unpublished work by Francis Crick and Jeffries Wyman from 1965 is now available, together with Jean-Pierre Changeux's recollections on the origins of the theory of Allostery and several important texts by various authors on the subject. These are part of a special issue of the Journal of Molecular...

DNA Discoverer's Letter To Be Auctioned Off
2013-03-25 05:26:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A handwritten letter sent from one of the scientists responsible for discovering the structure of DNA will be auctioned off next month in New York City, according to various media reports. In the letter, which was written on March 19, 1953, British molecular biologist and biophysicist Francis Crick explains to his then-12-year-old son Michael how he and colleague James Watson were able to create a model for the genetic...

2012-02-07 07:00:00

CARMEL, Calif. and DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Science Buddies and Astellas USA Foundation ("Foundation") announced initiation of the Science Buddies-Astellas Rosalind Franklin Chemistry Contest. The contest, open to U. S. students in grades 6-12, will recognize top chemistry projects being conducted by middle and high school students--the scientists of tomorrow. "For the Foundation, science is not only the core of our business, it's our passion. We are dedicated to...

2010-09-30 14:42:11

2 Watson School professors find unread correspondence of Francis Crick The story of the double helix's discovery has a few new twists. A new primary source -- a never-before-read stack of letters to and from Francis Crick, and other historical materials dating from the years 1950-76 -- has been uncovered by two professors at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The letters both confirm and extend current knowledge of the circumstances surrounding...

2010-04-04 20:00:00

SUZHOU, China, April 4 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Cold Spring Harbor Asia (CSHA) is the Asia hub of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), which is headed by the DNA structure discover, Dr. James D. Watson and President and CEO of CSHL, Dr. Bruce Stillman, who spearhead the effort in molecular medicine and genetics for better diagnostics and treatments for neurological diseases, cancer and other major causes of human suffering. Home to seven Nobel laureates, CSHL has played a pivotal role in the...

2010-03-19 07:00:00

BERKELEY, Calif., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- NeuroFocus, the world's leading neuromarketing company, announced today that Nobel Prize laureate Eric R. Kandel, M.D., has joined its Advisory Board. Dr. Kandel is a winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology for his seminal contributions to the field of neuroscience. Specifically, he was recognized with this top honor for his research on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. Dr. Kandel serves as University Professor...

2009-12-01 11:01:40

Sir Peter Mansfield, The University of Nottingham's Nobel Laureate for Physiology and Medicine, is to be recognized, once again, for his part in one of the most important breakthroughs in medical science. Sir Peter, who was co-inventor of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is to be presented with the Medical Research Council's (MRC) Millennium Medal at an awards ceremony at the Trent Building, The University of Nottingham on Monday November 30 2009. The MRC Millennium Medal recognizes an MRC...

2009-07-13 15:23:14

An iconic photograph (http://img.timeinc.net/time/80days/images/530228.jpg) of Nobel laureates Drs. Francis Crick and James Watson show the pair discussing with a rigid model of the famous double helix.The interaction represented produced the famous explanation of the structure of DNA, but the model pictured is a stiff snapshot of idealized DNA. As researchers from Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) and the University of Houston (www.uh.edu) note in a report that appears online in the...

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2009-05-13 10:54:59

TAU's special infrared fibers can defend America's water from chemoterrorism Although most Americans take the safety of their drinking water for granted, that ordinary tap water could become deadly within minutes, says Prof. Abraham Katzir of Tel Aviv University's School of Physics and Astronomy. To combat the threat of contamination due to industrial spillage, natural disaster or sabotage, the physicist has developed a new system to monitor the safety of a building or community's water...

2009-03-24 15:36:08

A U.S. scientist and his colleagues have described the design of a new type of DNA with 12 chemical letters instead of the usual four. Researchers, led by Steven Benner of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Gainesville, Fla., said their artificial genetic system already is helping to usher in the era of personalized medicine. The scientists said their research might also shed light on how life arose on Earth, by producing a self-sustaining molecule capable of Darwinian...