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June 01, 2007

Watson gets his Genome Sequence

Co-Discoverer Of DNA Presented With His Own Genome Sequence

James Watson, Nobel Laureate and co-discoverer with Francis Crick of the DNA double helix was presented this week with his own genome sequence.

Watson, who is also the father of the Human Genome project, is the first human to be given the data that surrounds his own personal genome sequence.

The project to unravel Watson's DNA took two months and cost 1 million US dollars. It was a joint effort between 454 Life Sciences, a US subsidiary of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche AG, based in Connecticut, and another American organization, the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) in Houston, Texas.

Watson, who is 79, and Francis Crick, who died in 2004, won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for their discovery of the DNA double helix.

Cool. Futuristic. Read the rest here.

[ http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=72842 ]

Posted by Nathaniel at June 1, 2007 09:57 AM