The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA


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'The greatest achievement of science in the twentieth century ...It will be an enormous success, and deserves to be so - a classic in the sense it will go on being read' - Sir Peter Medawar. Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry by elucidating the structure of DNA - and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time Watson was only 24, with more interest in girls than in chemistry. His uncompromisingly honest account of those heady days lifts the lid on the real world of greatscientists and the extraordinary ...

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Ron Townsend

Jul 21, 2007

Double dealing

The most fascinating part of this story was the effort of Watson to keep in touch with
the son of Linus Pauling, who was hot on the path to discover the DNA molecule. It
was almost strange the way Watson and Crick used the x ray analysis of a female
coworker to describe the DNA molecule and later be awarded the Nobel Prize while
she, of course, could not be awarded the prize because she was dead. It's a story
of hard work and some dirty dealing that ended up with the molecule of life being
described. DNA profiling in crime detection and in the use of geneology work has
proven wide spread for it's accuracy. People who were innocent and imprisoned became free and
the ancestors of Thomas Jefferson were establised.

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