April 25, 2012. I was reading scientific articles in my office – it’s part of my day job - when I came across a citation for the very first publication correctly identifying the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA. As you may know, this discovery has helped scientists understand how genetic information is passed on from parents to their children. For all the biochemistry work that I have done, I must confess that I've never read this original masterpiece. Thanks to technology, a few seconds later and voila! "Molecular structure of nucleic acids" is on my screen, despite it being originally published on . . . April 25, 1953! Eerie coincidence? If that coincidence were the most significant thing that happened to me this day, it would have been sufficient.
Note: This is an article I wrote for the May issue of The Chronicles, Etz Hayim's monthly newsletter.