Unravelling the Double Helix: The Lost Heroes of DNA
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Speaker: Professor Gareth Williams, University of Bristol.
This lecture is part of our Science in Health Public Lecture Series.
DNA. The double helix; the blueprint of life; and, during the early 1950s, a baffling enigma that could win a Nobel Prize.
Most know that James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helix. In fact, they clicked into place the last piece of a huge jigsaw puzzle that other researchers had assembled over decades - the ‘lost heroes’ who fought to prove that DNA is the stuff of genes, only to be airbrushed out of history.
In his lecture, Professor Gareth Williams sets the record straight. He will talk about DNA, from its discovery in pus-soaked bandages in 1868 to the aftermath of Watson’s best-seller The Double Helix a century later.