On 20th July, 1969, our world changed when humans walked on the surface of the moon for the first time. This pioneering achievement by Neil A. Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and all the engineers and teams of the Apollo 11 mission broadened our reality.
In 1977, Frederick Sanger and his colleagues Nicklen and Coulson introduced the chain-terminator method or dideoxy sequencing or simply Sanger sequencing as we know it. Similar to the moon landing, Sanger sequencing changed the world of biology and dominate the sequencing world for the next 30 years. Just like Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins stood on the shoulders of giants such as Hans Lippershey and Galileo Galilei who invented the telescope in 1608/1609, or the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who was the first human in space (12th April 1961), Sanger and his colleagues also stood on the shoulders of giants:
- Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, who introduced the world to the double helical structure of DNA in 1953.
- Marshal Nirenberg, who demonstrated that different combinations of DNA bases encode for specific amino acids in 1961.
- Robert Holley and colleagues, who were the first to sequence yeast transfer RNA (tRNA) using RNAses with base specificity in 1965.
- Ray Wu, who was first to decipher a short sequence of DNA by using a technique called primer extension in 1970.
- Walter Fiers, who read the first ever DNA sequence of a whole gene - coding for a MS2 virus coating protein - in 1972.
Image: Principle of Sanger sequencing
Since 1977, the world of genomics experienced many profound changes, most notable with the introduction of next generation sequencing based on the sequencing-by-synthesis method. Nowadays, genomics approaches are used to answer scientific questions in research, pharma and diagnostics, agriculture and food, biotechnology, and medical science.
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By Dr Andreas Ebertz