James D Watson pictured in Dublin in 2013.Photograph: Alan Betson

University College Cork staff have welcomed the decision by the university authorities to remove the name of American geneticist and Nobel Prize winne(...)

Rosalind Franklin in 1950. She, like Crick, had realised that DNA had a double helix structure. Photograph: Vittoria Luzzati/NPG

When Barack Obama used a model of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in his 2016 State of the Union Address to introduce the concept of “Precision Medicine a(...)

Dr Phyllis Clinch (1901-1984) developed virus-free potatoes and was  the first woman to receive the Boyle Medal in 1961

Ever felt tired of putting up with something that just feels plain wrong? Noticing that the august halls of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) were hung (...)

University College Cork has been criticised over a decision to name one of its buildings in honour of Nobel laureate James Watson, who has expressed controversial views on race. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

University College Cork  has been criticised over a decision to name one of its buildings in honour of Nobel laureate James Watson, who has prev(...)

On April 25th, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick of the Cavendish Laboratory, at Cambridge University, published their proposal of the doubl(...)

The structure of DNA was a discovery but one based on practical chemistry

It must be a wonderful thing to discover something so important that the date it occurred becomes an annual day of celebration marked on a cale(...)