A brief history of the DNA repair field

Cell Res. 2008 Jan;18(1):3-7. doi: 10.1038/cr.2007.113.


The history of the repair of damaged DNA can be traced to the mid-1930s. Since then multiple DNA repair mechanisms, as well as other biological responses to DNA damage, have been discovered and their regulation has been studied. This article briefly recounts the early history of this field.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • DNA Damage / physiology
  • DNA Repair / genetics
  • DNA Repair / physiology*
  • Deoxyribodipyrimidine Photo-Lyase / physiology
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Humans
  • Mutagenesis / genetics
  • Neoplasms / genetics


  • Deoxyribodipyrimidine Photo-Lyase