Tracing your DNA?

Have you been enticed into the fascinating world of tracing your DNA, wondering about the origin of your distant forebears, hoping to discover distant relatives? One of our North American editors, Jane, raised the issue in a recent post. Comments welcome (scroll down to the foot of that post).

The science seems to be going ahead in leaps and bounds; but where did it start? The relevant Nobel Peace Prize page says:

In April 1953 … James Watson and Francis Crick presented the structure of the DNA-helix, the molecule that carries genetic information from one generation to the other.

Nine years later, in 1962, they shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Maurice Wilkins, for solving one of the most important of all biological riddles.

Letter to Prof. Schrödinger at Dublin Institute of Advance Studies

How did they get to that great achievement? Much hard work, no doubt, but also building on firm foundations. Consider what Francis Crick subsequently wrote:

Another Nobel Prizewinner, Edwin Schrödinger (20 years earlier, for quantum mechanics and the wave equations) is here credited with some fundamental ground work conducted at Trinity College Dublin leading to the discovery.

You can now read more of this tale in a new History of DNA page. While not specifically about our clan, those following DNA trails maybe interested in the Irish connection. The new page is appended to the Clan Outline page.

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