DNA Double Helix

The DNA Double Helix changed the future in 1953

Imagine how you'd feel if you thought you had discovered the secret of life...

The future then...

Using this model, Francis Crick and James Watson revealed the structure and beauty of DNA to the world. In doing so, they established DNA as the code for life on Earth.

The future now...

In the future, it may be possible to design entirely new life forms using DNA. Scientists can already build genes from scratch and create microbes that can, in turn, produce drugs and green fuels, and even clean up pollution.

'I'm stunned that this one molecule is responsible for so much of what we are - for every cell in our body, and the way they all work. It's even more incredible that we worked out what it looks like!'

Dr Teresa Teixeira, Audience Researcher

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