Nobel prize for elucidating the molecular structure of dna

The physical structures that surround us all exude a sense of stability – be it the homes we live in or the roads that we travel on.

They are built with the best of intentions to stand the test of time, but are all vulnerable to the inevitable threats of aging and decay.


‘But then I did the experiment over a number of times, I made the RNA myself, so I was sure it wasn’t contaminated, and then I found the RNA slowly, slowly decomposed, always at the same rate.’ This observation was important, according to Lindahl, because it demonstrated there was a regular decay process occurring and wasn’t simply an artefact of contamination.Following a short postdoctoral stint at Rockefeller University, US, Lindahl moved to the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and was able to show DNA suffered a similar fate.


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