GATTACA


 

After Vincent genetic test:

Vincent: What about the interview?

Dr. Lamar: That was it.

 

Basically GATTACA  is a movie about a future where your DNA becomes your Curriculum Vitae.

What does “GATTACA” means?

In the movie, it is the name of the facility where the action occurs, and apparently, it was the better way that was found by the creators of the movie for arranging the four “bases”  in the DNA (Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine and Thymine) in such a way that it sounds like a name.

The title sequences highlight these letters that represent the nitrogen bases in the DNA:

 

 

GATTACA main message is:

“There is no gen for the human spirit”

 

 

For additional information about this movie, please visit the Moviecular Biology page.

April 25, DNA Day


 

‘We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid (D.N.A.).

This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest.”…

John Watson and Francis Crick in Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids. A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid.

Nature No. 4356, April 25, 1953

 

DNA Day also marks the completion of the Human Genome Project, the 13-year international effort that identified the order, or sequence, of more than 3 billion bases in human DNA. The Human Genome Project was finished in 2003, 50 years after Watson and Crick described DNA as a double helix. (Source: National  Library of Medicine)

 

 

 

I would like to invite you to see two presentations courtesy of the National Genome Research Institute, that, at different levels, present different aspects of Genetics research (the pictures are from the U.S. Department of Energy Genome Program’s Genome Management Information System -GMIS):

1.- How Proteins Are Made

 

 

2.- Single Nucleotide Polimorphism:

Making SNPs Make Sense

 

Additional interesting presentations can be found at:

Online Education Kit: Understanding the Human Genome Project

 

 

                                                                                       HAPPY DNA DAY!!!

 

Moviecular Biology Page Updated: Jurassic Park


 

 

John Hammonds: “- All major theme parks have had delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked, nothing!”

 

Dr. Ian Malcolm– “But John, but if the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the Pirates do not eat the tourists.”

 

 

 

  

 

 

“If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, expands to new territory, and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.”

 

 

 

Is the premise of the dinosaur’s DNA obtained from the mosquito possible?

 

What is the Lysine Contingency?

 

Visit the updated Moviecular Biology page!