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Meselson, Stahl, and the Replication of DNAA History of "The Most Beautiful Experiment in Biology"$
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Frederic Lawrence Holmes

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780300085402

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300085402.001.0001

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Images of an Experiment

Images of an Experiment

(p.412) Chapter Thirteen Images of an Experiment
Meselson, Stahl, and the Replication of DNA

Frederic Lawrence Holmes

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the statements made by James Watson in a molecular biology book designed for introductory students. Watson states in its preface that it would have been unwise to attempt such a book five years previously, but now that biology had a “sound basis,” it was “time to reorient our teaching and to produce new texts” that would give new rigor, perspective, and enthusiasm to biologists of the future. Based on lectures he had given at Harvard, Watson's book Molecular Biology of the Gene transformed the events from which molecular biology had emerged into a pedagogically structured compendium of the field. Watson waved aside the problems that Delbruck and others have raised a decade earlier. According to him, “no difficulty arises” from the need to break the hydrogen bonds.

Keywords:   molecular biology book, James Watson, introductory students, pedagogically structured compendium, hydrogen bonds

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