Mathematics and the Genome: Molecular Genetics (1950-Present)
4. Molecular Genetics (1953-Present)
Given the short history of the evolution of molecular genetics, the support mathematics has provided has been equally dramatic. Intriguingly, history has repeated itself to some extent in this saga: new methods to deal with fast developing problems are being found, but there has also been an available reservoir of tools developed without specific reference to the needs of molecular genetics that are proving valuable off the shelf. Many of the ways that mathematics has been put to use is that DNA can be thought of as a string made up of an alphabet of 4 letters, and a protein can be thought of as a string whose letters are the amino acids which make it up.
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