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R.I.P. Francis Crick

Francis Crick, DNA co-discoverer, dies

Francis Crick, who along with James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of the DNA molecule, died Wednesday of colon cancer. He was 88.

Of course, no mention of the recipient of the 1962 Nobel Prize would be complete without reference to Watson, Crick, Wilkins, and Franklin. Rosalind Franklin was, by many accounts, equally responsible for the discovery of the structure of DNA:
[She] discovered (and was the first to state) that the sugar-phosphate backbone of DNA lies on the outside of the molecule. She also elucidated the basic helical structure of the molecule.

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Banazir

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banazir
Jul. 30th, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
Rosalind Franklin
I was worried for a second there that you weren't going to mention her.
Nah, I never mention Watson and Crick with respect to DNA without Franklin, any more than I mention Newton and Leibniz without reference to each other when it comes to differential calculus.

All of my education on this subject was provided by pbs and 0111.
Cool! Thanks.

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Banazir
ladycalliope
Jul. 30th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
I'm glad you mentioned her too.

How troublesome is it that both Franklin and Crick died of cancer?
banazir
Jul. 30th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
Cancer and genes
I'm glad you mentioned her too.

How troublesome is it that both Franklin and Crick died of cancer?
I don't know. Franklin died very young (37), and Crick was fairly old (88). It's telling, though, that:

  • The hard part is what to do afterwards.

  • In the half century since DNA was first analyzed using x-ray crystallography, a surprising lot of progress has been made on many genomic fronts, but relatively little on the problems of treating, even predicting, cancers.


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Banazir
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