The Trouble with Jim

Colleagues, writers, readers, hear me for my cause...I come not to bury Watson, but to historicize him. James Watson has not been in the news much in recent years. In fact, he has been lying low since 2007, when he said he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa,” because "all our … Continue reading

DNA Day Hype

Happy DNA Day everyone. On this date in 1953, Nature published four articles on the structure of DNA, including the 800-word, data-free masterpiece by Watson and Crick—but also the work of Rosalind Franklin, Raymond Gosling, and Maurice Wilkins that did actually have data, and without which the … Continue reading

A Piece of DNA – Olivia Judson

Recommended reading: Lovely essay from Olivia Judson on the cytosine she came across while sorting through her father's possessions--part of the original Watson & Crick model that Horace somehow got his hands on, presumably through Crick. I remember hearing from Horace about that cytosine, … Continue reading