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Before the dawn of the 20th century the central role played by one complicated molecule in the shape of all living things was one of natures best-kept secrets The History 100 DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid is the nucleic acid found in the nuclei of all cells It is considered as a gene Websters Dictionary 257 Before the year of 1953 no one knew that DNA was going to be the great architect of life The Histroy 100 It was two intelligant men that discovered natures secret James Watson and Francis Crick These men were what helped us understand how genetic information could be stored in the chemical molecule called DNA Because of Crick and Watson we know today that the structure of DNA is the most important scientific discovery of the 20th century Francis Crick came from Physics and James Watson came from Genetics Neither of these two men had experience in the research of the chemical and physcial analysis of crystals DNA They first met in Octobre of 1951 which is now considered One of the greatest dialogues in the history of science Discovery of 26 Almost immediately each realized that the other was thinking about DNA genes and heredity There has to be an extraordinary interaction between two people before the mind can do what they did Jim and Francis talked in half sentences They understood each other amost without wordsthat marvelous resonance between two minds - that high state in which one plus one does not equal two but more like ten Discovery of 26 Watson thought meeting Crick was remarkable He had actually found someone who knew that DNA was more important than protein Discovery of 26 After studying early X-ray diffraction James and Francis discovered that the nucleic acids were constructed as a helix Working with the knowledge that chromosomes form replicas during cell division and that a chromosome was believed to be a string
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