James Watson and Francis Crick, Cambridge University, 1953
1953 picture of Francis Crick (L) and James Watson (R) walking along the backs of King's College in Cambridge.
The DNA molecule is shaped like a twisted ladder.
James Watson talks about how he and Francis Crick decided whose name went first on the 1953 paper.
James Watson and Francis Crick developed the idea to explain how DNA and RNA related in protein production.
DNA base pairs
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.
James Watson talks about his partnership with Francis Crick.
James Watson and Francis Crick solved the structure of DNA. Other scientists, like Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, also contributed to this discovery.
James Watson and Francis Crick's 1953 Nature paper.