Today in History: February 28



In 1953

Crick and Watson did say

That a Double-Helix is

The shape of DNA.*

*Deoxyribonucleic acid is a molecule composed of two chains that coil around each other to form a double helix carrying the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning, and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses. Wikipedia



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  • Great post, AW!
    Let's also remember Rosalind Franklin, whose work in chemistry and x-ray crystallography was instrumental to their findings.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    WG, thank you. We should pay homage to her contribution, especially in March, Women's History Month.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thanks, AW--you're the best!

  • This reminds me that I read about Watson and Crick in college biology class, but at the time it was said that no one knew or could know what causes cancer or how to treat it. Times sure have changed. Even later, it was said that it would take many decades to crack the human genetic code; now even clowns like Maury have access to it, and even Louis Henry Gates has proof that Seth Meyers is related to Kevin Bacon (although not through Seth's Lithuanian side of the family).

  • Thank you for a marvelous post. People will be talking this summer about the moon landing being the story of the century, but here is its competition. Perhaps this is the medical/scientific story and the moon landing is the technological one.

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