Today, 25 April is a joint celebration for geneticists, commemorating the discovery of the helix nature of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 and the completion of the human genome project fifty years later in 2003.
It may have taken half a century to map the human genome, but in the years since its completion the field of genetics has seen breakthroughs increase at an ever-accelerating rate. In 2015, gene therapy is fast becoming a viable option for the treatment of genetic diseases and will be a dominant focus for geneticists in the years to come.
But what is gene therapy and how does it work? Explore the infographic below to find out.
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