'A Structure for DNA'

Early 1950s-1980
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Folder [?of exhibition materials] comprising transparencies, diagrams and tables, dating from the early 1950s, with a label which reads: 'A Structure for DNA. DNA is an essential part of the chromosomes, which carry the hereditary factors of living cells. The proposed structure [which is so far unproved] consists of two very long chains wound round each other, and held together by groups of atoms [the bases] which fit closely. Each chain is thus complementary to the other in shape. This suggests a possible mechanism for the exact duplication of the DNA molecule in the living cell.' The folder is accompanied by a compliment slip and postage label (dated May 1980) from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge.


Early 1950s-1980

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1 file

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A digitised copy is held by Wellcome Collection as part of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics.

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