65 YEARS OF THE DOUBLE HELIX: Could Watson and Crick have envisioned the true impact of their discovery?

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Summary of "65 YEARS OF THE DOUBLE HELIX: Could Watson and Crick have envisioned the true impact of their discovery?"

Landmark scientific findings are applauded. However, at the time of discovery, the future impact that these types of new knowledge might have on patients is not foreseen. This article discusses how unraveling the structure of DNA has advanced medical treatment, particularly for patients with rare diseases. In addition, each new scientific discovery brings with it the emotion of for improved diagnosis and treatment, as well as enhanced outcomes and increased longevity for patients facing a life-long disease.


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Name: Endocrine-related cancer
ISSN: 1479-6821
Pages: E9-E11


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A subfamily of HELIX-TURN-HELIX DNA-binding proteins that contain a variable length loop adjacent to the HTH motif. The loop connects two anti-parallel strands and forms a wing when bound to DNA.

A family of DNA-binding transcription factors that contain a basic HELIX-LOOP-HELIX MOTIF.

A family of transcription factors that contain regions rich in basic residues, LEUCINE ZIPPER domains, and HELIX-LOOP-HELIX MOTIFS.

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