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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The double helix discovery, then and now

Thanks to the BBC for this interesting look at the field of Genetics in the News:

A letter written by scientist Francis Crick describing his discovery of the double helix shape of DNA has been sold for $5.3m (£3.45m).

...Crick, along with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, was given the 1962 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for "discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material"...
...The medal will be sold later at Heritage Auctions in New York together with the cheque and diploma Crick received as part of the prize and one of his lab coats, which has "various stains on it".
His family will donate 20% of the profit to researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London.
The scientist's granddaughter, Kindra Crick, said the medal had been locked away for most of the time since it was awarded.
She said: "This marks the 60th anniversary of the historic discovery of the structure of DNA and 50 years have passed since Francis Crick was awarded the Nobel Prize.
"Our hope is that, by having it available for display, it can be an inspiration to the next generation of scientists."


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