Sunday, August 1, 2004

The helix unravels

Francis Crick, co-discoverer of structure of DNA, dies at 88

Crick and geneticist James Watson discovered the double-spiral structure of DNA in 1953. ...

The British-born Crick was 36 and working at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory when he and the American-born Watson, just 24, struck upon the idea of a molecular structure twisted like a ladder into a double helix. ...

Crick and Watson were awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1962. In a statement Thursday, Watson hailed Crick "for his extraordinarily focused intelligence and for the many ways he showed me kindness and developed my self-confidence."

If you'll recall Ogre Watson's twilight obsession these days -- perfecting the future of humanity by annihilating inferior babies -- I'd say he could use a few more lessons in the former and could do well with less of the latter.

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