By using an advanced microscopy technique, researchers have collected the most precise measurements to date of DNA's tangled structure. Their results showed significant variations to the well-known double helix — variations that are offering fresh insights into the inner workings of this life-bearing molecule.
Today we celebrate the birthday of Rosalind Franklin, the unsung heroine who discovered DNA's double helical structure. To that end, we present the following quote, taken from a letter to Rosalind's father, wherein she weighs in on the perennial debate over science and its ability to either elevate or diminish our…
The double helix DNA structure is about as iconic as its gets. But geneticists have long speculated about the potential for a quadruple helix to exist — a four-stranded DNA structure. And indeed, computer models and lab experiments have suggested that it's theoretically possible.
The form in this picture is familiar—it's a double helix, the basis for life, and we've seen it over and over. But in 1952, James Watson and Francis Crick laid eyes on these strands for the very first time.
For the last 60 years, scientists have known that DNA's structure is composed of a spiraling corkscrew. They know this thanks to molecular theory and and an old-time technique called X-ray crystallography, where patterns of dots are converted into an overarching image using mathematics. But now, using an electron…
It's easy to understand why the town of Järfälla, Sweden, chose Tham & Videgård's Double-Helix Tower as the winning design in a competition held to select an observation deck from which to watch the progress of on the Barkarbystaden urban development project, just west of Stockholm.
It's an average morning in your quiet suburban subdivision. You kiss your Xanax-addicted wife and 2.5 kids goodbye, then hop in your stock Prius for your daily mind-numbing commute to your soul-crushing cubicle job. As you contemplate how life could get any more dull—BOOM! Death Grips in the rearview! You're welcome.
When James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled the double-helical structure of DNA, the pair became international celebrities. But with celebrity, can come a lot of unwanted personal attention.
The DNA inspired double helical design would look especially great in any mad scientist's lair, or geneticist's dining room. Tough to believe this popped out of a 3D printer.
It seems like something out of a movie (and hey, it is), but there's some scientific evidence that we actually carry the memories of our ancestors with us in our genetic code. Apologies in advance to my hypothetical descendants.