The complementary structure of deoxyribonucleic acid

  title={The complementary structure of deoxyribonucleic acid},
  author={Francis H. C. Crick and James Dewey Watson},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  pages={80 - 96}
  • F. Crick, J. Watson
  • Published 7 April 1954
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
This paper describes a possible structure for the paracrystalline form of the sodium salt of deoxyribonucleic acid. The structure consists of two DNA chains wound helically round a common axis, and held together by hydrogen bonds between specific pairs of bases. The assumptions made in deriving the structure are described, and co-ordinates are given for the principal atoms. The structure of the crystalline form is discussed briefly. 

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