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[Photo credit: Senior, K. (2003). From standing start to human genome sequence in 50 years. The Lancet, 361(9357), 580-581.]

The discovery of DNA has changed the world of science and technology, leading to life-saving discoveries and controversial technologies. Everything from animal cloning, prenatal medicine, and facial transplants have become part of the news and our lives.

It has also changed big business, as further discoveries were transformed (usually by those who discovered them) into companies providing DNA-related products, medicines, and services.

Although not necessarily household names, the following people were vital to the science's development in a variety of ways:
—    Steve Fodor – DNA microarray company founder
—    Pat Brown – Stanford geneticist who helped invent one of the two main types of DNA chips
—    Craig Venter – Founder of the J. Craig Venter Institute, where 300 scientists and staff are dedicated to the advancement of genomics
—    Francis Collins – Completed the Human Genome Project
—    John Sulston – Nobel Prize-winning human genome pioneer

How many of these people can you find – as authors or subjects - in ProQuest’s Health Sciences databases… or in the ProQuest Science and Technology content?

Learn more about some of the groundbreaking DNA scientists of the past forty years here, on a timeline developed by PBS.


10 Apr 2014

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