Watson and Crick’s model of the double helix structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) came into existence in 1953, and in the same year Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne of the United Kingdom. Her Majesty has reigned throughout the modern era of biotechnology from its birth to until now (acquiring the ability to alter the genes to express modified trait expression), extending moral support and appreciation to the innovations in life science. This has influenced the public acceptance of change, and the creators who enabled it to happen.
In 2016, the Queen, with the Duke of Edinburgh, inaugurated the Francis Crick Institute in London, the largest research institute in Europe dedicated to life science. She will be ever remembered for her passion to science.
Image source: Palace photo by Sridhar, Queen’s photo – insert from: valeandownland museum.org.uk, black and white photo from: Royal Household/Ranald Mackechnie & BBC, UK
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Thanks, Dr Sridhar, for a very good connection of the Queen and Biotechnology.