Asteroid 55555, DNA, was discovered on December 19, 2001 by Charles W. Juels and Paulo R. Holvorcem at Fountain Hills, Arizona. It has a period of 4 years, 38 days.

It was named for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a complex organic compound which forms the basic building block of life, discovered in Britain by British scientists Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin, American scientist James Watson and New Zealand scientist Maurice Wilkins.

Astrologically, asteroid DNA seems to indicate genetics or DNA or things pertaining to them; one's unique identity.

Francis Crick (born June 8, 1916, in Northampton, England) had asteroid DNA semisquare Quaoar (something seminal), sextile Ixion (creating karma) and Cyllarus (because one can), square Talos (criticism) and Heracles (to struggle for), and quincunx Damocles (drastic change, experience of groupthink).

James Watson (born April 6, 1928, in Chicago) has asteroid DNA semisextile Talos and Huya (something missing, service), sextile Varuna (grown big, judgment), square Mars (energetic), Neptune (ideals) and Ceres (to nurture), and trine Cyllarus. Watson, like Crick, who proposed that life may have come from other planets, has ideas that can be controversial, like support of genetically modified crops; he is also an outspoken atheist.

Maurice Wilkins (born December 5, 1916, in Pongaroa, New Zealand) had DNA conjunct Ixion, square the Sun and opposite Pelion (life is tough) and Varuna. Less of a publicity seeker than Crick or Watson, Wilkins has been overshadowed by them to an undeserved degree.

The research of Rosalind Franklin (born July 25, 1920, in London) was crucial to Crick, Watson and Wilkins' discovery, but her death (and being a fourth person in the effort) put her out of the running for a Nobel Prize, and her role in the research, like Wilkins', was unjustly minimized for many years. Franklin had asteroid DNA conjunct Deucalion (rescued [from oblivion]), semisextile Jupiter and Huya (something missing), and square Dioretsa (something that sticks).

Gregor Mendel (born July 22, 1822, in Hyncice, Czech Republic) had DNA semisextile Mercury (ideas), sextile Elatus (well-expressed), square Pholus (need to show respect or have courage before power) and Chaos (a new order), trine Vesta (dedication) and Chariklo (glamorization), and opposite Pallas (conceptualization).

Folk singer Woody Guthrie (born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma), who died of Huntington's disease, had DNA semisextile Pluto, sextile Saturn and trine Nessus (depredation) and Pandora (making a splash).

Actor Chris Burke (born August 26, 1965, in Point Lookout, New York), who has proven that Down syndrome people can be successful in life, has DNA semisextile Jupiter, sextile Varuna (grown big), square Hidalgo (to defend, to assert, to promote) and trine Ixion.

Baseball great Lou Gehrig (born June 19, 1903 in New York), who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which ended up bearing his name because most people in 1939, when he announced he had the disease, found its proper name too difficult to pronounce, had DNA conjunct Mercury and Huya, sextile Rhadamanthus, square Don Quixote, and trine Mars (athletics), Saturn, Lilith, Hylonome and Chaos.

Rocker Edgar Winter, an albino who has used his appearance to enhance his image, has DNA sextile Ixion (creative) and trine Pluto (distinctive).

Caleb Grabow (born September 14, 2001, at 5:20 p.m. in Jacksonville, Florida), an infant who died at the age of 13 days of the genetic disorder trifunctional protein deficiency (TFP), had DNA in the fourth house, tightly conjunct the IC, square Pelion (life is tough) and quincunx Asbolus (awful things) as well as opposite the Midheaven (reputation).

Bioengineer Herb Boyer (born July 10, 1936, in Derry, Pennsylvania), who discovered that genetically engineered bacteria could be made to manufacture drugs such as insulin, has DNA trine Damocles (drastic change).

Chester Dwayne Turner (born November 6, 1966, in Warren, Arkansas), who was linked to a series of rape-murders in Los Angeles through DNA analysis, has DNA conjunct Venus (values), sextile Cyllarus, and square Ceres.

Bill Clinton has DNA in the first house, quincunx Talos (criticism, attacks, defense).

Hillary Clinton, a former Goldwater girl turned liberal icon, has DNA conjunct Talos, semisextile Damocles (crisis, politics, groupthink), and parallel Pallas (politics, civilized values), Cyllarus (having the ability and the will to do something), and Varuna (grown big).

Italian educator Maria Montessori, whose educational methods emphasize children's individuality, had DNA in the eleventh house, conjunct Jupiter (philosophy), semisextile Pallas, sextile Neptune (ideals, imagination), trine Nessus (having to respect boundaries) and Pandora (having an impact), quincunx Okyrhoe (listening to one's own voice), and opposite Saturn.

Jessica Dubroff (born May 5, 1988, at 8:29 p.m. PDT in Hercules, California) was raised with more respect for her individuality and judgment than most children get; she was flying at an age when most children are still riding bicycles with training wheels and, unfortunately, she ended up crashing her plane while trying to be the youngest pilot ever to fly across the continental US. She had DNA semisextile the Moon (the mother, early childhood), Saturn and Uranus (aviation, eccentricity), trine Mercury and Pholus (need to show respect), and opposite Vesta.

The glyph for DNA is mine.

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