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  • Carl Kruse posted an update 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Happy DNA Day everyone. It was back in April 25, 1953 that Watson, Crick, and Wilkins published their seminal paper on DNA and today a group of us crazy people celebrate what that knowledge has done for humanity. Happy DNA Day. Vital to the success of the famous DNA discoverers was the work of Rosalind Franklin, who paved the way for the others even though she received little credit at the time. Franklin went on to do pioneering work in the molecular structure of viruses at Birbeck. Fast forward to 1962, Watson & Crick are awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and in 1982 the Birbeck team received the 1982 Nobel Prize. All from discoveries made possible by Rosalind Franklin. She died of ovarian cancer in 1958 at the age of 38 and because the Nobel committee does not award posthumous prizes, she got nothing, though surely deserving part — probably a big part — of the 1962 and 1982 awards. Happily today her place among the giants of 20th century science is secured. Rosalind Franklin. Here’s to her and those who move humanity forward.