The Discovery Of Deoxyribonucleic Acid Essay

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The discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid, also known as DNA, was a ground breaking discovery for the scientific community. Its discovery made ground breaking impacts that would only prove to be more detrimental to society with time. On top of the high prominence in the scientific field, the discovery would also go on over to make waves in the criminal justice field as well. The discovery of deoxyribonucleic acid was not a discovery made by any one given person, but was instead a collaborative effort made spreading across a widespan of people. Its first discovery would be helmed by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins. The tandem duo in the early 1950s who were studying a newly discovered protein structure at that time. Soon after its discovery Franklin would then take a photo graph of the structure through x-ray photography and the photo from that point on would be called “photo- 51”. Photo-51 would be the inspiration behind the discovery of DNA at the hands of two scientists named Francis Crick and James Watson. Through the photo the scientists were able to theorize that DNA does not have a three helical model like they had assumed (Murnaghan), but it is instead a double helix in structure and has “characteristic anti-parallel attributes and bases paired to stabilize the molecule” (Murnaghan). After Watson and Crick’s discovery they wrote down all of their findings and titled their works as “A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” and submitted their work to a highly…

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