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Nature. 2003 Jan 23;421(6921):402-5.

Quiet debut for the double helix.

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Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, 1017 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260, USA. olbyr+@pitt.edu

Abstract

Past discoveries usually become aggrandized in retrospect, especially at jubilee celebrations, and the double helix is no exception. The historical record reveals a muted response by the scientific community to the proposal of this structure in 1953. Indeed, it was only when the outlines appeared of a mechanism for DNA's involvement in protein synthesis that the biochemical community began to take a serious interest in the structure.

PMID:
12540907
DOI:
10.1038/nature01397
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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