The Human Side of the Double Helix


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The Human Side of the Double Helix
Although the double helix structure of DNA was ultimately elucidated by James Watson and Francis Crick, there were many other players at work (Watson and Crick 737; Watson “Helix” 198). These individuals drove this important discovery, while they presented obstacles at the same time. The discovery of the true structure of DNA was a lengthy process, based on the work of scientists across many disciplines. Most scientists during this time believed that because proteins are more complex than DNA, protein must hold the key to heredity. DNA, with its four nucleotides, was too simple to contain all of the heritable information. But in 1944, Oswald Avery and colleagues conducted experiments in phages (viruses...
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