Although the chemistry was wrong, Linus Pauling's triple-stranded DNA model was a catalyst for James Watson and Francis Crick to solve the structure of DNA.
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This is Linus Pauling's failed attempt to predict the structure of DNA. The problem with his triple helix model is that the phosphates form the helical core, with the bases pointing outwards. This would be impossible under normal cellular conditions. Each phosphate group is negatively charged, and so many negative charges forced together would repel each other, literally driving the structure apart.
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15451. Linus Pauling's incorrect model of the DNA structure, James Watson
James Watson describes the triple helix model proposed by Linus Pauling.
15493. The double helical structure of DNA, 3D animation with no audio
Animation of 2D DNA model becoming three dimensional.
16435. Video 19: James Dewey Watson, clip 4
Linus Pauling's triple-helix model for DNA and the reaction to this incorrect model.
16422. Animation 19: The DNA molecule is shaped like a twisted ladder.
James Watson and Francis Crick explain how they solved the structure of DNA. Erwin Chargaff explain how he measured the levels of each of the four nitrogenous bases.
16021. Linus Pauling, 1953
In 1952, Linus Pauling proposed a triple-stranded helix structure for DNA.
15333. Linus Pauling' s manuscript describing incorrect triple helix, Peter Pauling
In 1952, Peter Pauling was a student at Cambridge when his father, Linus, sent him a paper proposing that DNA was a triple helix. James (Jim) Watson eagerly read the paper and realized that Pauling got it wrong.
15492. Discovering the double helix structure of DNA, James Watson, video with 3D animation and narration
James Watson used cardboard cutouts representing the shapes of the DNA bases to figure out how bases pair.
15676. DNA helix
Image depicting DNA helix model and table.
15495. Chargaff's ratios, 3D animation with narration
Erwin Chargaff found that in DNA, the ratios of adenine (A) to thymine (T) and guanine (G) to cytosine (C) are equal. This parity is obvious in the final DNA structure.