|The John T. Vucurevich
Foundation will host An Evening with James Watson,
Ph.D., at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre
Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. One of the great scientists
of the 20th century, Watson discovered the
secrets of DNA and won a Nobel prize for his
Tickets cost $5 and are on
sale at the Rushmore Plaza box office. All seating is
In 1953 at the age of 24, Watson along with Francis
Crick, discovered the double helix structure of the DNA
molecule, unlocking the secret of the gene and unleashing
the power of modern genetics. Everything from the now
common pregnancy tests for Down's Syndrome through
genetically modifed animals to the brave new world of
human genetic selection can be traced back to that one
great discovery. According to Time magazine,
DNA is likely to be the discovery made in the 20th
century that will be the most important to the 21st.
For this incredible research, Watson along with Crick
were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.
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|Since then, Watson has used
his fame to promote the cause of genetics and has
sponsored significant work in the field, particularly in
his role as president of the Cold Spring Harbor molecular
biology laboratory in the United States.
and most recently, Watson has been the central figure in
the Human Genome Project, a massive international project
that aims to crack the whole of the human genetic code,
opening up the possibility of gene based therapies for a
host of diseases from breast cancer to depression.
The John T. Vucurevich Foundation sponsors national
and international speakers who have a vision for the
future, promote understanding and awareness in the world
and who may be an inspiration to the people of Rapid City
and the surrounding area. Previous guest speakers include
Dr. Carl Sagan, Margaret Thatcher, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Dr.
Bernie Siegel, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Dr. Jane
Goodall, Ret. General Colin Powell, F.W. deKlerk and