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Who described the Double Helix structure of DNA first?



A. Watson and King
B. Oswald Avery
C. James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins
D. Peter Mitchell
Asked by Erin, Last updated: Nov 01, 2019

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A. Lucius

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Answered on Nov 01, 2019

The correct answer is option C – James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins. The Double Helix structure of DNA was first described by James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins. The double helix structure was first described in 1953. James, Crick, and Wilkins were awarded a Noble Prize in Medicine in 1962 for this discovery.

However, there was someone else that contributed to this discovery that wasn’t acknowledged. Rosalind Franklin was not recognized for her contribution. She died before the Noble price was won. She died of ovarian cancer at the age of 37. This discovery is one of the most significant discoveries of mankind. The double helix structure of DNA shows the two linear strands of DNA that run opposite to each other and twisted together. These strands are held together by chemical bonds.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Sep 09, 2016

James watson, francis crick and maurice wilkins-answer: james watson, francis crick and maurice wilkins the double helix structure of dna is one of the most significant discoveries of all time. james watson, francis crick and maurice wilkins received a nobel prize for the double helix model of dna in 1962 ! Another important figure, without whom this discovery would not have been possible was rosalind elsie franklin. unfortunately, franklin died at the age of 37 from ovarian cancer just four years before the nobel prize was awarded to watson, cricks and wilkins.it is a tremendous shame that franklin did not receive due credit for her essential role in this discovery, either during her lifetime or after her untimely death...
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