DNA and its discoveryHow was DNA discovered and by how many scientists? Also who are those scientists e.g. there names and what are they especially famous or known for in science?

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pacorz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Many people contributed to the discovery of DNA, but there is one issue that still causes debate in scientific circles, and that is the discovery of the DNA molecule's twin-helix three dimensional structure. While Watson and Crick are generally credited with this discovery, and were given the Nobel prize for it, Rosalind Franklin, who worked in Crick's lab, probably should be credited with having made the actual discovery. However in the early 1950s women were still uncommon in research labs, and she was not given credit. Franklin died in 1958 and her work was not brought to public attention for many decades.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is somewhat up for debate how many people "discovered" DNA, but the double helix is the most famous discovery.  Here is a link to the work of James D. Watson and Andrew Berry.

http://www.enotes.com/dna-salem/dna

Here is another perspective.

http://www.enotes.com/science/q-and-a/when-was-dna-discovered-who-discovered-dna-264687

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