James Watson: Solving the Mystery of DNA

James Watson: Solving the Mystery of DNA

by Janet Hamilton
     
 
People have always observed that different traits are passed down from parents to their children. Throughout history, there had been many explanations offered for this phenomenon. By the middle of the twentieth century, scientists had learned that genes were what determined heredity, and that deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA), which contained the genes, was the key to

Overview

People have always observed that different traits are passed down from parents to their children. Throughout history, there had been many explanations offered for this phenomenon. By the middle of the twentieth century, scientists had learned that genes were what determined heredity, and that deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA), which contained the genes, was the key to this process. In discovering the true structure of DNA, James Watson and Francis Crick made the most important breakthrough in the history of genetics. This discovery was the beginning of a revolution in biology that continues to this day. In 1962, nine years after the publication of their landmark article on DNA, Watson and Crick were honored with the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with their colleague, Maurice Wilkins. From cloning to crime investigation to medical science, developments in genetics have opened up a seemingly endless number of possibilities for the future. With his contribution to solving the mystery of DNA, James Watson has helped open the door to understanding the deepest mysteries of life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766022584
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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