50 Years of DNA Celebration

50th Anniversary Activities and Celebrations Worldwide

Events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA double helix and the future of genetics and genomics for health and society.

  • Genome: The Secret of How Life Works [genome.pfizer.com]
    Currently at the Smithsonian, the exhibit will debut at the Smithsonian Institution and travel to 15 cities. Exhibit preview: April 13. Full exhibit opening: June 2003.

  • The Living Genome: Reading the Book of Life
    On Tuesday, April 22, the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center and the Houston Museum of Natural Science will open to the public a 3,000 square foot, genetics/genomics exhibit. A private opening and reception will take place on Monday, April 21st.

  • Cracking the Code of Life [pbs.org]
    The companion Web site to the 2-hour NOVA program that links to an online webcast of Cracking the Code of Life and lists topics such as: gene manipulation, understanding heredity, nature vs. nurture, "Meet the Decoders, " and more.

  • DNA: 50 Years of the Double Helix [mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk]
    From a conference for 500 scientists from around the globe, to the unveiling of a plaque at the Eagle pub where Crick and Watson did much of their talking, a line-up of celebrations big and small to mark the anniversary.

Last Reviewed: March 26, 2012