ISU to mark anniversary of DNA discovery

March 27 2006

Indiana State University will host a Double Helix Day program April 4 to mark the anniversary of the 1953 discovery of DNA's distinctive double helix shape.

Loren H. Reiseberg, distinguished professor of biology at Indiana University, will deliver the keynote address at 4 p.m. in the ISU Science Building, Room 012. Refreshments will be served outside the room at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow. All events are free and open to the public.

Reiseberg is president-elect of the American Genetics Association, is chief editor of Molecular Ecology, and serves on the editorial boards of Conservation Genetics and BMC Genetics. In his research, Rieseberg strives to understand how new species are formed. Through a combination of genetic and ecological approaches, he addresses questions in the areas of species development, domestication, reproductive system evolution, and conservation biology.

Double Helix Day is cosponsored by the ISU department of life sciences, the department of science and mathematics at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, and Integrated DNA Technologies.

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Contact: Rusty Gonser, assistant professor, life sciences, Indiana State University,(812) 237-2395 or rgonser@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State Univesity, (812) 237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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ISU will host a Double Helix Day program to mark the anniversary of the 1953 discovery of DNA's distinctive double helix shape.

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