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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 ... Show synopsis

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Ron Townsend

Double dealing

by Ron Townsend on Jul 21, 2007

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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