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Venturing along the double helix


J. Craig Venter, one of the world’s leading scientists, visited the Novartis Campus in Basel last January to talk about cutting-edge DNA research. He was the special guest of the Science Nights event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the double helix and commemorating the fact that DNA research was kick-started a stone’s throw away from Basel in 1869 when Swiss scientist Friedrich Miescher became the first researcher to isolate the substrate of heredity. In an entertaining panel talk with FMI director Susan Gasser and Rino Rappuoli from Novartis, Venter also discussed the future of science and medicine and referred to the strong collaboration with Novartis, which led to the development of Bexsero®, the recently approved meningococcal vaccine.


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