Watson and Crick's 1953 Nature paper
The answer to both questions was proposed in the last sentence of a longer paper Watson and Crick published a month later. The hypothesis we are suggesting is that the template is the pattern of bases formed by one chain of the deoxyribonucleic acid and that the gene contains a complementary pair of such templates. Basically, what they were suggesting is that one strand of the DNA molecule is used as a template and information is copied from it.
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James Watson and Francis Crick, Cambridge University, 1953
The DNA molecule is shaped like a twisted ladder.
1953 picture of Francis Crick (L) and James Watson (R) walking along the backs of King's College in Cambridge.
DNA base pairs
James Watson and Francis Crick developed the idea to explain how DNA and RNA related in protein production.
James Watson (R) and Francis Crick (L) walking along the banks at Cambridge University.
Arthur Kornberg talks about Watson and Crick's Nature paper.
James Watson talks about how he and Francis Crick decided whose name went first on the 1953 paper.
James Watson teamed up with Francis Crick to figure out the structure of DNA in 1953. With the secret of life revealed, Watson was intrigued by the prospect of manipulating living things.
Figuring out the base pairing.