Watson and Crick Essay

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The article, “Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid”, written by Watson and Crick, was a stepping stone on the path of discovery for the building blocks of life. In this article, Watson and Crick briefly state previous theories on the structure of DNA were incorrect in certain aspects but correct in others. Watson and Crick later went on to describe their version of a double helical structured DNA. They indirectly state the importance of their discovery which later them to winning the noble prize. Previous to this publication, there were at least two other theories on the structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid. The first theory was that the structure “consisted of three intertwined chains, with the phosphates
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In their structure they show the double stranded helix twisted around the axis in which the base pairs are perpendicular to the axis. This determination of the base pairs and observation of the sequence is very important to the structure of DNA because in those specific pairings, it is suggested as a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material. This last statement is where Watson and Crick state that they have now discovered the key to the understanding of life, “It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material.” (Watson an Crick, 4/2/53) This copying mechanism for the genetic material would be the building block for all life. Science could begin to understand complex codes and structures, which code for genetic individual traits. Watson and Crick basically tell that this is the blueprint for everything. This paper of Watson and Crick’s discovery won the noble prize. This would be because they discovered the blueprint. They basically put the scientific world on the correct path for the breakdown, the study, and eventually a complete understanding of DNA. From the time of the discovery and on, science has gone on to decode this complex chain of genetic code. By understanding this genetic code, we can foresee every characteristic, internal and external, on anything. Through understanding this genetic code and which genes control…

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