Double Helix

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017



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On this day in 1953, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announced that they had determined the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes. The discovery was based on the crucial X-ray diffraction image of DNA labeled as "Photo 51", from Rosalind Franklin. Watson Crick and Maurice Wilkins each received one third of the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their contributions to the discovery. Franklin died in 1958, and thus was ineligible to be nominated for the prize.

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