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Sara Rowe Rosalind Franklin When you think of who discovered DNA, the names Watson and Cricke may come to mind. In reality, many other scientists' research lead to their discovery. That information was not necessarily given freely. When Watson saw a picture of DNA taken by Rosalind Franklin a "light bulb" went on. It was then that he realized exactly what it looked like and was able to publish his results. Unfortunately, Rosalind did not offer this information to Watson and Cricke. It was stolen from her. She did not receive credit for the work she had done with DNA and therefore has gone unnoticed in most biology classes. On July 25 1920, Rosalind Elsie Franklin was born in London England. She excelled in school, especially chemistry and biology. At the age of 15, Franklin had decided to become a scientist even thought her father wanted her to be a social worker. (Maisel,1) Her father disapproved of a University Education for women and initially refused to pay for admission. (Maisel, 1) Eventually he agreed to pay for, but only after constant pressure from her mother and aunt. (Sayre, 1) It was then that she attended Newnham College in Cambridge in 1938. (Maisel, 1) Following her years of education, she had many accomplishments in her career as a scientist. ...read more.


(Sayre, 1) Their first attempt was a failure. Watson and Cricke had built a three-chain DNA molecule with a backbone on the inside. So when they approached her with what they believed to be a correct model, "they were quickly deflated." Franklin pointed out they had provided "only a tiny fraction of the necessary water content." (Sayre, 1) For the next year Watson and Cricke did not work on the DNA molecule. (Parshall, 73) Following the attempt of a colleague to determine the evasive structure, Watson and Cricke began the process again. (Parshall, 173) Only this time they went to Wilkins for help. "When Watson came calling in January 1953, Wilkins revealed he had been quietly coping Franklin's data." When Watson saw one of the photos, his mouth fell open. Ultimately, trial and error produced a working model of DNA, but the information they used was based on Franklin's data. "It was March 7, 1953 that Cricke announced to the patrons of a local pub, that he and his confrere had found 'the secret of life.'" (Parshall, 173) Soon after, the results were published into an article in Nature, along with a supporting article from Franklin. (Maisel, 1) Rosalind Franklin continued her previous work. She collaborated on studies of the structure of the tobacco Mosaic Virus and also helped determine that RNA is a single-stranded helical molecule. ...read more.


(Assuming this would be possible.) Would it be unethical the clone in order to produce needed tissues or a certain blood type? Without Rosalind Franklin's work, this information would not have been discovered for at least several years until the technology caught up with the project. It is because of her work that we may one day be able to cure birth defects, cancer, or other genetically related diseases. Unfortunately she has not received the recognition she deserves for her contributions to the scientific field. She spent most of her short-lived life working in the laboratory and most biology classes do not attribute any of her hard work to her. She has greatly impacted the world and everyone's future. Stephanie Luchenfield 1. Were there any parts of the Paper that need to be more clearly explained? (ie scientific terms)? I am familiar with scientific terms so I understood what you were talking about. 2. Did it adequately explain why she was such an important person in history? Yes 3. Was it easy to follow? I found a lot of it hard to follow mainly because there were some parts that felt like I was reading a textbook. 4. What was your favorite part of the paper? I liked the part when you really explain the cloning process on regular terms by related what you were talking about with the sheep and the movie. . It was also where she "crossed paths" with Maurice Wilkins.(maire, 1) 2 ...read more.

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