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The double helix; a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA,

Author: James D Watson
Publisher: New York, Atheneum, 1968.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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By identifying the structure of DNA, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won a 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Maurice Wilkins . All the time Watson was only twenty-four, a young zoologist 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographies
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Watson, James D., 1928-
Double helix; a personal account of the discovery of the structure of DNA.
New York, Atheneum, 1968
(OCoLC)647654837
Named Person: James D Watson; James D Watson; James D Watson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James D Watson
OCLC Number: 439345
Notes: Includes copy of March 12,1953 letter from University of Cambridge written to Max Delbrück telling of the double helix.
Autobiographical.
Description: xvi, 226 pages illustrations, facsimiles, portraits 22 cm
Contents: Diagrams: Short section of DNA, 1951 --
Chemical structures of the DNA bases, 1951 --
Covalent bonds of the sugar-phosphate backbone --
Schematic view of a nucleotide --
Mg** ions binding phosphate groups --
Schematic view of DNA, like-with-like base pairs --
Base pairs for the like-with-like structure --
Tautomeric forms of guanine and thymine --
Base pairs for the double helix --
Schematic illustration of the double helix --
DNA replication. Crick and Watson, along the backs --
Francis in the Cavendish --
Maurice Wilkins: World wide photos --
The microbial genetics meeting, Copenhagen, March 1951 --
Linus Pauling: Information office, California Institute of Technology --
Sir Lawrence Bragg --
Rosalind Franklin --
X-ray diffraction photograph of DNA, A form --
Elizabeth Watson --
In Paris, Spring 1952 --
The meeting at Royaumont, July 1952 --
In the Italian Alps, August 1952 --
Early ideas on the DNA-RNA-protein relation --
X-ray diffraction photograph of DNA, B form --
Original model of the double helix --
Watson and Crick in front of the model: Photograph A.C. Barrington Brown --
Morning coffee in the Cavendish: Photograph A.C. Barrington Brown --
Letter to Max Delbruck --
In Stockholm, December 1962: Svenskt Pressfoto, Stockholm.
Responsibility: by James D. Watson.

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By identifying the structure of DNA, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won a 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Maurice Wilkins . All the time Watson was only twenty-four, a young zoologist 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 unsolved mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries. With humility unspoiled by false modesty, Watson relates his and Crick's desperate efforts to beat Linus Pauling to the identification of the basic building block of life.

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