Nobel Prize season is upon us! This is a time to recognize extraordinary accomplishments in science, economics and the humanities. Fifty-four years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick were awarded the prize in physiology/medicine for their discovery of the structure of DNA. The field of genetics has come a long way since then! Genetic information is now commonly used in a variety of fields in the biological sciences – from the obvious applications for human health and medicine, to better understanding the evolutionary history and ecology of species.