In the 1950s, a series of discoveries allowed biologists to capture and construct the double-helio structure of DNA. For these efforts, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Francis Crick were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962. The implications of this work transformed the field of biology and led to dramatic new advancements in medicine. But the story of DNA was not so simple. James Watson's personal behavior diminished the contributions of other scientists. In this episode of Footnoting History, we learn about the complex drama behind the scenes of a landmark and transformative discovery...and the complications that continue to dog the career of a prominent scientist today.
Jennifer Glyn, My Sister Rosalind Franklin. Oxford University Press: 2012.
Brenda Maddox, Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA. Harper Perennial: 2003.
Franklin H. Portugal, A Century of DNA: A History of the Discovery of the Structure and Function of the Genetic Substance. MIT Press: 1980.
Israel Rosenfeld, DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World. Columbia University Press: 2010.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)