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Customized medical care based on your own personal genome? It's coming...

Customized medical care based on your own personal genome? It's coming...

Photo: Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers/ Oregon State University Libraries Photo 51: This historic X-ray diffraction image of DNA, taken in 1952 by Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling, was obtained by stretching a fragile thread of crystalline DNA across a paper clip stuck in a cork, passing an X-ray beam through it for 100 hours, and capturing the results on photographic paper. Click on image to enlarge. Next month marks the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick. To ordinary folks, the image (known as Photo 51 ) that confirmed the Watson-Crick model doesn’t look like anything. But without this image—and without the brilliant work of X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin —the Cambridge lads had a theory and a model but no actual proof that DNA was indeed “the molecule of life.” It took Franklin’s tec...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/devices/genome-to-go

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