DNA perfume and improving public knowledge, Francis Collins
Interviewee: Francis Collins. DNA perfume and improving public knowledge, Francis Collins. (DNAi Location: Timeline>1990s)
I arrived here April the 4th, 1993, an auspicious day because that very day I, as I opened the newspaper I realized that that was probably going to be remembered in the annals of DNA, not because of me, because that didn't seem like that was going to be so significant, but because that was the day that DNA perfume was issued, all kinds of advertising all over the place about, go out and buy this perfume. And it was a bit jarring because the perfume bottle was in the shape of a helix but it was actually a triple helix, making it very clear we had an educational challenge as well as a scientific challenge if this project was ever going to achieve the public benefit that we all hoped for.
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Linus Pauling's triple-helix model for DNA and the reaction to this incorrect model.
The leaders of the private and public genome projects, Craig Venter and Francis Collins.
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.
Francis Collins, the director of the public project, talks about the media attention, and what it missed during the "race" coverage.
James Watson describes the triple helix model proposed by Linus 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.
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.
Francis Collins, the second director of the Human Genome Project, tells of his excitement about the project.
James Watson talks about how he worked out the base pairing of DNA.
Ari Patrinos, director of the US Department of Energy's sequencing effort, talks about the public genome project's aims that extended beyond those of the private project.