| 2nd class 19p
"The End of the Beginning"
| 1st class 27p
| 'E' rate 37p
Cracking the Code
The cartoons are the work of The Times newspaper's political cartoonist Peter Brookes, working for designers Williams Murray Hamm. Professor Susan Aldridge split the subject into the five key areas which Brookes translated into cartoons.
Cambridge, England 1953 - Francis Crick and American James Watson
discovered that DNA consists of four chemicals (nucleotides),
paired with each other repeatedly, forming a double helix: a sort of
Within the nucleus of all cells, DNA is arranged in packages called chromosomes. Genes are strings of nucleotides dictating how to make protein at a particuar point on a chromosome. Each human cell contains 2 metres of DNA. Although the similarities are greater, each person's DNA has over 1 million small differences.
In 1962 Crick, Watson and Maurice Wilkins were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine.
In 1987 SNA 'fingerprinting' was first used to solve a murder enquiry.
The Human Genome Project is a joint venture by researchers in the UK, China, France, Germany, Japan & the USA to decipher the entire human genome. It is the differences which explain why some people and groups are more likely to catch certain diseases, or inherit genetic disabilities. Research into cancer has already discovered more than 100 genes linked in some specific way with cancerous tumours.
The 50-stamp sheets and the book are printed by Enschede of Holland, all in lithography except for pane 1 in the book.
The Northern Ireland stamps are new as they have not previously been printed by this company.
All images are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.
Set of 5 stamps - £2.75. Prestige Book - £8.75
The special postmarks announced for use on the issue date are shown
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Discovery Walk, London E1
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DNA 1953-2003, Birmingham
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Medical Discoveries, Cambridge
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Philatelic Bureau Official postmark 'Our fate is in our genes'
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'We have discovered the secret of Life', Cambridge official postmark
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William Harvey (1578-1657) Mechanics of Blood Circulation, Harvey Road, London E11
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50th Anniversary of the Discover of DNA, Cambridge
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The Secret of Life, Chemistry, Whitchurch
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Discovery Walk, London SE1
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H U T K, Bletchley Park Post Office, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
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Cavendish Laboratory "We have discovered the secret of life" Francis Crick 1953, Cambridge
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'The Eagle', Crick & Watson, Cambridge Public House/Inn
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The Secret of Life, Cambridge
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50th Anniversary - Harwell, Didcot
|50th Anniversary - the Discovery of DNA|
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Harley Street, London W1
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Secret of Life, DNA & Genome, Cambridge
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50th Anniversary - Cambridge
Apologies for the poor image
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HMS Ark Royal Commissions 1955, build at Cammmell Laird, Birkenhead, Liverpool
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Working to Benefit all People, Genetic Interest Group, London
This page updated 20 March 2003 [7.2.05]
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