Happy Birthday DNA...the secret of life discovered 50 years ago!
Scientists knew it was there, had an idea of what it was but when James Watson and Francis Crick worked out the by now infamous double helix structure of DNA those in- the- know realized that our understanding of the world was about to be transformed.
A Reality Check special this Saturday, March 1st, on deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA: the superstar of modern biology.
What it is and how it got discovered explained by University of Vienna microbiologist Dr. Renee Schroeder and Dr. Ludger Klein from Austria's Institute of Molecular Pathology.
DNA and its superstar status which has freed prisoners from death row, prompted the Human Genome Project to describe all the genes (3 billion) in our bodies, raised hopes for curing the most deadly and incapacitating diseases and gotten one famous U.S. president into real trouble ( DNA was the key to explaining the stains on intern Monika Lweinsky's famous dress that was much admired by Bill Clinton! ), Revealing the extent of DNA's superstar status is "New Scientist" magazine journalist Claire Ainsworth.
As exciting as it is DNA has a definite downside which worries privacy protectors, medical ethicists and people around the world who fear genetic testing and identification, who don't want to see the cloning of human beings and worry about identity theft. Simon Davies, director of "Privacy International" insists we cannot let our fascination with DNA and what it can do go too far.
What is too far? ..what about DNA and what'll be able to do and tell us in the future: DNA bar-codes on GMO food, altering DNA and reinserting this modified DNA into our bodies --- what happens if scientists redesign life in this way? No one knows. But, to give us an idea of the possibilities "Reality Check" talks to "Mean Genes" author Terry Burnham who reports NASA is researching DNA and its predecessor RNA to discover if that's what alien life is all about. Every human cell contains DNA, the blueprint for life.
"Almost Cured Of Sadness" heisst das aktuelle Machwerk von Lo-Fi Hero Stephen Jones aka Babybird, das Anfang März in die Plattenläden trudelte.
Es ist immerhin das bereits 10. Album (!) des eigenwilligen Briten, "der Mitte der 90er Jahre zu plötzlichem Ruhm kam, nachdem er zwischen 1989 und 1994 über 400 Songs zuhause im Wohnzimmer eingespielt hatte und dann Einiges davon ganz knapp hintereinander auf fünf Alben veröffentlichte". (Eva Umbauer)
Auf der Setlist finden sich dann auch sämtliche Hits, von "The F-Word", über "Eyes In The Back Of My Head" bis "You're Gorgeous".