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LINUS PAULING As I say, when this manuscript arrived, Jim tore it from my pocket and opened it and read it and they discovered, you know, that it was wrong . And my nephew asked a few years ago, why did you make it three strands, and he said well, he didn't know, he didn't know how much water was in it and he didn't know the diameter, he had a rough, rough information of the diameter . And the mistake he, that it wasn't an acid, he told my nephew that was just a mistake, you know, he temporarily lost his marbles. It wasn't until the last day of January that Peter came in after lunch and had a manuscript and it was his father's manuscript on DNA. And of course my stomach sank and I, you know, I was scared to death, well what was going to be in it. And quickly I read it and then it was very strange, it was like our original ill-fated model of the Fall of '51, we had three chains thinking that density of, given the diameter and everything and the density, there had to be three chains in the unit cell . And Linus had, you know, also made a three-chain model, but he held them together by hydrogen bonds, treating the phosphate groups as un-ionized, as if they still had a hydrogen atom attached. And but if that was the case they wouldn't be called an acid, so we wondered what got into Linus? That evening, you know, sort of, six o'clock, we went over when The Eagle opened and, you know, had a drink more or less, you know, to toast Linus' failure, it was, because you know we didn't ever contemplate it, we thought well propose a model and it might not be right but never did we think, well one day, we could reject so instantly. And so we were both pleased and a bit
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