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B&SOC Response 1 - John Xu Response 1 B&SOC 301 The...

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John Xu 8/30/07 Response 1 B&SOC 301 The discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA by Watson and Crick was not something that can be solely attributed to the hard work of two individuals. Instead, their findings and the thought processes they used to arrive at their conclusions were based on the work of other scientists, namely the helical model of Linus Pauling and the crystalline photographs of Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin. Furthermore, much of Watson’s work was made possible only through the money that he received from the government. The work of Watson and Crick was simply an example of advancement in research. What started out as Pauling’s alpha helix model was improved upon by the X-ray photograph of DNA in the A form by Rosalind Franklin, then modified to become a triple helix structure, and then finally the double helix supported by X-ray photography of DNA in the B form. Watson did not simply stumble upon the double helical structure of DNA on his own. It was through his analysis
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