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Research in the Sciences

Research in the sciences is characterized by teamwork. The teams may be in different labs, or even on different continents. Rarely does a scientist work alone; both research and publications are usually team efforts as scientists build upon the work of their predecessors. Teams may be competing with each another as they try to be the first to publish results, but they still share information. Other distinguishing characteristics of scientific research include:

In this 'Flow of Information' timeline, we will follow the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA.

Since a hallmark of scientific research is that it builds upon the work of previous generations, it is difficult to pinpoint a beginning date. For the sake of this exercise we'll choose 1951.

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