Quiet debut for the double helix

  title={Quiet debut for the double helix},
  author={Robert C. Olby},
  • R. Olby
  • Published 23 January 2003
  • Biology
  • Nature
Past discoveries usually become aggrandized in retrospect, especially at jubilee celebrations, and the double helix is no exception. The historical record reveals a muted response by the scientific community to the proposal of this structure in 1953. Indeed, it was only when the outlines appeared of a mechanism for DNA's involvement in protein synthesis that the biochemical community began to take a serious interest in the structure. 
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