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Johan Friedrich Miescher (13 August 1844 - 26 August 1895) was a biologist born in Basel. He isolated various phosphate-rich chemicals, which he called nuclein, from the nuclei of white blood cells in 1869 at Felix Hoppe-Seyler 's laboratory at the University of Tübingen, paving the way for their identification as the carriers of inheritance. The significance of the discovery, first published in 1871, was not at first apparent, and it was Albrecht Karl Ludwig Martin Leonard Kossel who made the initial inquiries into its chemical structure. Freidrich Miescher first discovered DNA in 1869. It was originally called nuclien.
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