Double Helix, Double Joy

Double Helix, Double Joy

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Professor David Danks explained in a public lecture revealingly titled, Double Helix, Double Joy, that 'Even from its infancy it was apparent that the double helix was going to change not only science, but also the community's image of science'. 'Double Joy' conveyed his sense that the developments cascading from Watson and Crick's initial DNA discovery would yield 'immense benefits' for people generally, and also for his own research ambitions. A double joy made concrete in the foundation of the Murdoch Institute for Research into Birth Defects where he could fully implement his vision of unfettered basic scientific research wedded to clinical practice and services to public health. Born into the long-established Melbourne family of hardware merchants, Danks chose a career path more aligned to that family's association with hospitals and health. Inspired to know 'why a disease had occurred' and 'how it could be anticipated and prevented', Danks trained with pioneers of human genetics in London and Baltimore from 1959. At that time, human genetics was scarcely known in Australia. Following his discovery of the cause of Menkes disease in 1972 and breakthroughshow more

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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 052285799X
  • 9780522857993

About Alister Danks

Carolyn Rasmussen completed post-graduate studies in labour history and the peace movement at the University of Melbourne where she is currently an Honorary Senior Fellow. Her work as a public historian since 1985 has ranged over the history of Victorian public institutions, the history of science and technology, education history, the involvement of women in all of the above, and biography. Her publications include Poor Man's University- Seventy Five Years of Technical Education in Footscray; The Lesser Evil? Opposition to War and Fascism in Australia 1920-1941; A Place Apart, The University of Melbourne- Decades of Challenge (with John Poynter); She is currently completing the centenary history of University High School. Alister Danks is the youngest of David's five children. Alister has worked as a professional engineer, business consultant and logistics manager across Australia and Asia. He completed an MBA at the London Business School to complement his engineering studies at the University of Melbourne. He was previously an editor of Strategic Supply Chain Alignment (Gower, 1998). Alister saw the opportunity to document tshow more