April 25, 2003 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the description of the structure of the double helix.
Teachers and students were encouraged to celebrate these historic achievements on this "DNA Day".
Many web sites have compiled a wealth of information about this event -- a few are listed below.
The National Human Genome Research Institute (www.genome.gov) has a
variety of teaching resources for National DNA Day at
The Nature Publishing Group has compiled the original articles,
historical perspectives, and examinations of DNA in medicine,
society, and as a biological molecule in "Double Helix: 50 years of
DNA" at www.nature.com/nature/dna50.
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has a "Celebration of 50 Years of
DNA" at www.dna50.org, which provides resources and a schedule of
events around the world.
The 50th Anniversary Conference (held on April 25th) and other
resources from the University of Cambridge are available at
King's College sponsored "A Day of Celebrations" on April 22 with DNA
information at www.kcl.ac.uk/depsta/ppro/dna.
PBS aired a NOVA feature on the "Secret of Photo 51" about Rosalind
Franklin's role in the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Other 50th anniversary events, including articles and meetings, are
included at www.dna50.org.uk.
An updated and expanded web site for the Nucleic Acid Database (NDB),
the repository of structural information about nucleic acids, was
released on April 25. The NDB now has a new look and layout, a
greatly revised Atlas, a new database that includes X-ray and NMR
structures, and a new search engine at ndbserver.rutgers.edu.
The PDB has many education resources related to nucleic acid structure at www.rcsb.org/pdb/education.html, including DNA's turn as Molecule of the Month in November 2001 - www.rcsb.org/pdb/molecules/pdb23_1.html.
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