What Had Watson And Crick Discovered? Clues From The Diary

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Mrs. Lemminger
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January 22, 2016
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1. What had Watson and Crick discovered? Clues from the diary

Watson and Crick discovered that cell’s nucleuses contained a molecule that was called deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. The clues from the diary are: “Even us lab boys knew that there had been gossip going around the labs that Crick and Watson had been trying to solve the structure of this new-fangled molecule called DNA – deoxyribonucleic acid – but discovering the secret of life itself?”

2. Explain why Crick mentioned that he had “discovered the secret of life”

Crick believed he discovered the “secret of life” because of the unique and complex structure of DNA, and Crick believed and wrote in a letter to his son that it was the “basic copying mechanism” for life, which is implying that DNA carries genetic information

3. Explain why DNA is so important to organisms (what does DNA do inside of a cell? If scientists figure out the structure of DNA, why would this be important for the health of the organism?)

DNA is important to organisms because DNA carries hereditary information on to the next generation of cells during the process of replication. This is important for the health of an organism because when a cell divides because it becomes too large; it needs a copy of the genetic information in order to fulfill necessary processes in order to keep the organism alive.

4. How has knowing the structure of the human genome

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