Dawn Field
Research Fellow, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Biodiversity Institute in Oxford; Smithsonian Institution, Washington

Dawn Field is a fellow with the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Biodiversity Institute in Oxford, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Her latest book is Biocode: The New Age of Genomics (2015).

Written by Dawn Field

Tetra-nucleotide ESOM mapping of DNA fragments from microbes in the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The coloured groupings represent newly discovered species according to their DNA sequence and will aid in uderstanding organisms involved in nutrient cycling. Image courtesy Brett Baker/UTMSI/Cameron Thrash (LSU) /Olivia Mason (FSU)

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Perfect genetic knowledge

Human genomics is just the start: the Earth has 50 billion tons of DNA. What happens when we have the entire biocode?

Dawn Field