Pathways of DiscoveryGenomics

Journey to the Center of Biology

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Science  10 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5459, pp. 1777-1782
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5459.1777

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According to Eric Lander and Robert Weinberg, the greatest achievement in biology over the past millennium has been the elucidation of the mechanism of heredity. In this month's essay, they chronicle this scientific adventure and its implications for 21st century biology. Their widely accessible tale spans from Gregor Mendel's 19th century pea experiments, to the discovery of DNA, to today's extraordinarily revealing arena of genomic science and technology.