DNA Pioneer: James Watson and the Double Helix

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Traces the life of the research scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, and discusses his work in cancer research and with the National Center for Human Genome Research

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Grade 7-10-Watson's family history, educational background, and developing interest in biology and genetics are a precursor to a more thorough description of his later DNA research with Francis Crick at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University. Interspersed with interesting insights into the internal politics and interpersonal relationships with his fellow researchers is a well-done description of the progress of Watson and Crick's work on unraveling the mysteries of DNA. His career is then traced from the Nobel Prize in 1962, a research and teaching career at Harvard, the authorship of The Double Helix, to his later directorships of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Office for Human Genome Research. Baldwin interviewed her subject, his family, and colleagues and based all dialogue on direct quotes and correspondence. This is a thorough presentation of Watson's background and work, with some glimpses into his personality and private life. Black-and-white family photographs are well integrated into the narrative and give it a much-needed personal touch.
Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In its drama, Watson's life has rivaled the discovery of the structure of DNA. So intent on his research was this awkward, bumbling scholar that he would climb a drainpipe to sneak into a lab at night. Watson had a knack for selecting problems that would yield important scientific results, but did he pilfer? Did Rosalind Franklin originate crucial material? If so, why was she not included in the Nobel Prize? Baldwin, who had exceptional access to Watson and his family, conveys the elegance of science (the ``structure [of DNA] was too pretty not to be true''), describes diverse influences (birding, Arrowsmith, movies), and even gives advice (go to a college where others are brighter than you, to test your mettle). Voluminous detail on what, exactly, provided a lifetime's worth of inspiration broaden an intriguing picture of this intrepid competitor. Glossary; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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