1953 and onwards…the plan

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Watson and Crick won the race to discover the structure of DNA in 1953.  After this, three other discoveries were essential to the development of genetics into the fields we recognise today.  Crick, Nirenberg and others managed to crack the genetic code in 1961, after 8 trying years.  In 1972 recombinant DNA technology was born, and in 1977 Gilbert and Sanger devised techniques for sequencing DNA.  Following this,  genetics research expanded rapidly, and different fields began to be identifiable.  The flared shape of each of the four fields represented here shows their growth.  Industry weaves its way across all fields.

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