DNA At 60

Crick and Watson’s discovery of DNA was expected to “revolutionize biological research”. Sixty years later it is still hailed as “one of the most important scientific discoveries of all time.” But the practical impact has been strangely muted. Most diseases don’t have simple genetic causes; genetic medicines tend to be prohibitively expensive; and if drug companies succeed in patenting genes, further research will be jeopardised (1,000 words)

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