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

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  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA (Touchstone Books) – Trade paperback (2001)
    by James D Watson

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

    Trade paperback, Touchstone Books
    2001
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    256 pages

    ISBN: 074321630X
    ISBN-13: 9780743216302

    By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only twenty-four, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries. ... Show more

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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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