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Francis Crick’s Letter to His Son About Discovery of DNA to be Auctioned in NYC

by Savitha C Muppala on March 26, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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 Francis Crick’s Letter to His Son About Discovery of DNA to be Auctioned in NYC

A letter that scientist, Francis Crick wrote to his 12-year-old son six decades ago, about the structure of the DNA, is being auctioned off in New York.

In the letter to his son, he wrote that he and a colleague had found something "very beautiful" and that was the structure of DNA. The note had some hand-drawn diagrams and Christie's estimates the letter could fetch $ 1 million or more at the April 10 sale.

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In the letter, Crick writes to his son about the way in which he and James Watson had discovered the copying mechanism -the secret "by which life comes from life." The letter also has a very simple sketch of DNA's double helix structure.

The letter written by Francis Crick is of seven pages and is dated March 19, 1953. It is a hand written letter to his son studying at a boarding school. It says, "Read this carefully so that you will understand it. When you come home we will show you the model. Lots of love, Daddy."
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Michael Crick, who is 72 years old now said, "I don't think any of us at the time quite realized the full impact it would have." A month after he wrote the letter to his son mentioning the discovery, Watson and Crick's research was published in the journal Nature.



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