James Watson The Double Helix

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The mysteries of the DNA have been well pondered throughout our history to link how generations are linked and the ancestries are followed. James Watson was an American molecular biologist who helped in the discovery of DNA’s structure in 1953. His book, The Double Helix, gives readers the story in the discovery of DNA’s structure and insight into the world of scientific research. In the book, he describes his path to ultimately discovery DNA’s structure as a prime example that scientific research does not strictly follow the organized path of the scientific method and scientific innovation is a collaborative effort with results that can be found ranging from a months to years. In addition, it is now evident how science has changed over the…show more content…
While reading this, I found it interesting that someone with a background not solely in physics, biology or biochemistry made his way up to one of the greatest scientific discoveries. Throughout James Watson’s journey, it is evident that with each move he became more confident in the area of research he was comfortable and intrigued. He began his “research journey” with the research of proteins and the structure of hemoglobin; however, with a weak background in biochemistry he strayed away from this and found a new interest under his new mentor Francis Crick I found this interesting and somewhat comforting to know that the great mind behind discovery of DNA’s structure also was unsure in his path as I also am almost finished with my undergraduate career and very unsure about my “place” in the science community and future goals. In addition, the “journey” leading up to the discovery of DNA’s structure serves as a great example that research does not necessarily follow the very organized scientific method that we have all learned in school as steps are repeated, data is thrown out and in many cases topics of research change and the process is started

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