This site explores one of the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th century - the discovery of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, the basic foundation of life.
More than 800 original letters, manuscripts, photographs, audio-clips and
video excerpts - many never before available outside of archives - form
the heart of the site. They include a number of important and unique
items, such as:
* An extremely rare prepublication typescript of James
Watson and Francis Crick's groundbreaking DNA paper;
* A one-of-a-kind prepublication typescript of Rosalind
Franklin's DNA paper, published in the same issue of "Nature" as Watson
and Crick's, with handwritten additions by Franklin;
* Linus Pauling's contemporaneous laboratory notes
outlining his DNA work, and a much-corrected manuscript of the paper
relating his famously mistaken structure;
* Scores of manuscript letters written at the time,
including correspondence between all the major players in the race for DNA.
The original documents are tied together with a unique narrative of the
discovery from the largely unknown viewpoint of the major "loser" in the
race, Pauling. A comprehensive, day-by-day account of all of Pauling's
personal and professional activities in the years 1952 and 1953 is also
included as an adjunct to the main DNA narrative, with scanned images of
documents and photographs accompanying the text.
This site is for anyone interested in the DNA story. General users can benefit from an interesting site that shows history in the making, through the words of the participants.
The site also offers a comprehensive set of links to other DNA sites, as well detailed information on all the major players. This site goes deeper and makes available for the first time the raw material of this important piece of history.
Linus Pauling的研究笔记 (1922 to 1994)
Summary by 李晓霞 on 2003-03-17
Last updated by 李晓霞 on 2003-03-17