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Timeline of key events

Timeline of key events in biotechnology

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Date Event People Places Sciences
31 Mar 1951Gregory Winter was born in EnglandWinterUnited Kingdom 
May 19515-methcytosine isolated in nucleic acids for the first timeWyatt Epigenetics
30 Sep 1951Barry J Marshall was born in Kalgoorlie, AustraliaMarshallUniversity of Western AustraliaBacteriology
06 Oct 1951Otto F Meyerhof diedMeyerhofKiel UniversityMetabolism
Nov 1951Purified DNA and DNA in cells shown to have helical structureWilkinsKings College LondonDNA
1952Bacteriophage experiments show DNA and not proteins to be genetic materialHershey, ChaseCarnegie Institution for ScienceDNA
1952First observation of the modification of viruses by bacteriaLuria, HumanUniversity of IllinoisRestriction enzymes, Recombinant DNA, DNA Sequencing
1952Stanley Plotkin graduated from New York UniversityPlotkinWistar Institute 
1952First immortal human cell line developedGey, Lacks  
Jan 1952X-ray diffraction image, produced by Rosalind Franklin, shows DNA to have regularly repeating helical structureFranklinKings College LondonDNA
01 Feb 1952Roger Y Tsien was born in New York NY, USATsienUniversity of California San DiegoAnalytical chemistry, Biochemistry
04 Mar 1952Charles S Sherrington diedSherrington Neuroscience
09 Nov 1952Jack Szostak was born in London, United KingdomSzotakHarvard UniversityGenetics
09 Nov 1952Chaim Azriel Weizmann diedWeizmann  
1953Immune tolerance theory proved in experimentsMedawar, Billingham, BrentUniversity College LondonAntibodies
01 Jan 1953Ingeborg Hochmair-Desoyer was born in Vienna, AustriaHochmair-DesoyerVienna, Austria 
Apr 1953DNA double-helix structure announcedCrick, WatsonCavendish LaboratoryDNA
Apr 1953Franklin's x-ray image of DNA publishedFranklinKings College LondonDNA
01 Oct 1953Edwin J Cohn diedCohn Biochemistry
02 Nov 1953Michael Neuberger was born in London, United KingdomNeubergerLondon 

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