Science, a human endeavor, would not be successful without cooperation. The Cold Spring Laboratory, located in Long Island, New York, is the epitome of cooperation in the study of DNA. Cold Spring's current president and Nobel Laureate, James Watson, stresses the importance of working together in a common place, saying "The study of this information is in some sense the heart of life. You needed an institution that reflected this fact." Visitors to this Web site can get up-close to this reflection by delving into subpages on the Place, People, Ideas, and Tools involved in studying DNA. By clicking on Place, for instance, users can learn about Uplands farm -- a collection of 5000 square feet of greenhouse space and fields -- or the Genome Center -- where things like DNA sequencing and bioinformatics happen on a daily basis. Also available off the Ideas link is a look at a reprint of the original 1953 paper in the journal _Nature_ by James Watson and Francis Crick. This site will serve as a great destination for historians, scientists, teachers, and students interested in the quest to understand DNA but also for any lay reader.
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