April 1953: The other DNA papers

This year, Nature celebrates its 150th birthday. To mark this anniversary we’re rebroadcasting episodes from our PastCast series, highlighting key moments in the history of science.

Over 60 years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick published their famous paper proposing a structure for DNA. Everyone knows that story – but fewer people know that there were actually three papers about DNA in that issue of Nature. In this podcast, first broadcast in April 2013, we uncover the evidence that brought Watson and Crick to their conclusion, discuss how the papers were received at the time, and hear from one scientist who was actually there: co-author of one of the DNA papers, the late Raymond Gosling.

From the archive:

Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid, by Watson and Crick

Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate, by Franklin and Gosling

Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids, by Wilkins et al.

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