NATIONAL DNA DAY - APRIL 25TH
Find out about the discovery of the structure of DNA to the completion of sequencing the human genome from the following websites:
Highlights from Nature, the journal that published the 1953 research papers by Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins.
The National Human Genome Research Institute's information about National DNA Day
Learn the basics of DNA through online animations and multimedia presentations
Visit DNAinteractive, an animated website funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and created by the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
Check out The New York Times Interactive Feature DNA: A Revolution at 50 (click on the grey square box with a colored double helix). Be sure to click on "The First Paper" to see interesting facts and perspectives on the original paper.
View Cracking the Code of Life, the PBS/NOVA Online video series broadcasted in 2001 (requires QuickTime or Real Player - see Technical Help on their pages).
Find out about DNA, another PBS series originally broadcast in 2003.
Explore Exploring our Molecular Selves, a multimedia online educational kit released in 2001 by the Human Genome Project.
Other Media Resources
Watch: The Race for the Double Helix, a very accurate film from the BBC about the scientists and events surrounding the discovery of DNA. Starring Jeff Goldblum, Tim Pigott-Smith and Juliette Stevenson. A 1986 film no longer produced - check your local video store or library.
Read: James Watson's book The Double Helix. The perfect commemorative book for birthdays, graduations, or other special occasions for your family member or friend who is a budding scientist!
Observe how the DNA double helix is portrayed in art and in culture. Read a review in the journal Nature by Martin Kemp, The Mona Lisa of modern science and click on "DNA and Culture" in The New York Times interactive feature DNA: A Revolution at 50.
Listen: Ever wonder how segments of DNA would sound like if its sequence was transposed into music? Several scientists-musicians-artists have done just that and composed some interesting pieces. Check out this random selection of websites, sample audio clips, or news articles about the sounds of DNA: