In 1950, Watson joined
the Cavendish laboratories at a time when several researchers were
racing to determine the structure of DNA. In 1953, Crick and Watson
proposed that this structure was a winding double helix in which pairs
of bases held the two strands together. The Watson-Crick model of the
DNA double helix provided enormous impetus for research in the emerging
fields of molecular genetics and biochemistry, and Crick, Watson, and
Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962.
The exhibition, which
was displayed in New York, Chicago, Zurich and Berlin on the occasion of
the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA, is now at
Bilkent and will be on view in the Faculty of Science B-Block Atrium
until October 14.