Race for the Double Helix

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Class Notes On The Main Characters from  the Race for the Double Helix Slides created by Honors Genetics Classes
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James D. Watson              April 6, 1928 –  Nationality: English, Scottish, Irish
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Educational Background James received a B.Sc and a Ph.D in Zoology from Indiana University As a boy James Watson spent eight years at Horace Mann Grammar school in Chicago,  and two years at South Shore High School In the summer of 1943, James received a scholarship to the University of  Chicago In 1950, James spent a year in Copenhagen, as a member of the National Research  Council He began work at the Cavendish laboratory in October of 1952 For two years Waston attended the California Institute of Technology as a  Senior Research Fellow in Biology In 1955 Watson returned to Cavendish and worked with crick,  publishing several papers on the principals of virus construction In 1956 Watson began working at Harvard, and is still involved there
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Watson and Crick
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Personal Life James Watson was born on April 6, 1928 in Chicago, the city where he  lived for the beginning of his life Watson had a deep interest in bird watching and he did so throughout most  of his life Watson’s interest in bird watching lead to an even deeper interest in  understanding genetics James married former Elizabeth Lewis and had two sons, named Rufus and Duncan Watson’s recreational activities were walking and bird watching, both which he  still enjoys doing
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Research Focus First effort in constructing DNA model in 1951 (was unsatisfactory) Second effort based upon experimental evidence of the nucleic acid literature  which resulted in the proposal of complementary double helical configuration At the same time, Watson was investigating the structure of TMV(a virus), using X-ray  diffraction techniques.  The purpose of this was to determine if its sub-units were helically  arranged Watson and Crick suggested that the model was made of two chains of  nucleotides, each in a helix, but biparallel.  Matching base pairs interlocked in  the middle of the double helix to keep the distance between the chain constant Watson worked on the Human Genome Project from 1988 to 1992 Then he continued his research on Cold Springs Harbor before becoming the  head of the institution in 1994
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Watson and Crick with DNA model
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Francis Harry Compton crick Born on June 8 th , 1916, at Northampton, England Oldest child of Harry Crick and Annie Elizabeth  Wilkins. He has one brother, A.F. Crick, who is a doctor 
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