Volume 12, Number 24
11 April 2006

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James D. Watson: Journey into the World of DNA

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.


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