A short history of genomics

Genomics – the study of the structure and function of genetic material in a cell – has caused somewhat of a revolution in microbiology in recent years, but when did the story start?

As part of our focus this month on genomics in infectious diseases we take a look back at the history of this field and the major milestones that have made genomics what it is today. From the discovery of DNA (then termed ‘nuclein’) by Friedrich Miescher to the human genome project, we cover the key events and ask what lies ahead.

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