Latest Watson and Crick Stories

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...

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...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'