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Author Smith-Llera, Danielle, 1971- author.
Title Double helix : how an image sparked the discovery of the secret of life / by Danielle Smith-Llera ; content advisor, Brett Barker, PhD. Associate Professor of History University of Wisconsin Marathon County.
Pub Info North Mankato, Minnesota : Compass Point Books, a Capstone imprint, [2018], 2018.
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LOCATION Call No. STATUS
 Georgetown Childrens NF   J 572.86 Smith-Llera 2018 4/18    ON SHELF
 Patmos Childrens Nonfiction   j572.8 Smith-Llera    ON SHELF
Descript 64 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Captured science history
Captured history. Science.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (page 63) and index.
Contents Glimpse of a photo -- Long chain of discoveries -- Racing to the prize -- New questions.
Summary To the untrained eye, Photo 51 was simply a grainy black and white image of dark marks scattered in a rough cross shape. But to the eye of a trained scientist, it was a clear portrait of a DNA fiber taken with X-rays. And to young scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, it confirmed their guess of deoxyribonucleic acids structure. In 1953 the pair was racing toward solving the mystery of DNAs structure before other scientists could beat them to it. They and others believed that finding the simple structure of the DNA molecule would answer a great mysteryhow do organisms live, grow, develop, and survive, generation after generation? Photo 51 and subsequent models based on the photo would prove to be the key to unlocking the secret of life.
Audience 1060L Lexile
Age 10-12.
Grade 4 to 6.
Note Accelerated Reader MG 7.5 1 1 197479
Subject Watson, James D., 1928- -- Juvenile literature.
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004 -- Juvenile literature.
DNA -- Juvenile literature.
DNA -- Research -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Alt Title How an image sparked the discovery of the secret of life
ISBN 9780756556426 (library binding)
0756556422 (library binding)
9780756556464 (paperback)
0756556465 (paperback)
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