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    Rosalind Franklin's Contribution to DNA Structure

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    What is the controversy around the history of the discovery of the structure of DNA? Who do you think should receive credit? How does giving credit only to Watson and Crick reflect on the Scientific Method in general? Please provide references as well.

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    Most people recognize the names of James Watson and Francis Crick as the people who first discovered the structures of DNA. However, there had been many other scientists who were working on the subject and some of their works provided Watson and Crick a theoretical basis that they build their model of DNA structure on. The biggest controversy surrounding the discovery of DNA structure was perhaps the contribution from Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins (Maddox, B. (2012). Rosalind Franklin: The dark lady of DNA).

    Franklin was a British scientist who was specialized in a technique call X-ray crystallography, which involved analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns to deduce structures ...

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    We discuss the controversy surrounding the discovery of DNA structure, and the crucial contribution from Rosalind Franklin that led to Watson and Crick's resolution of DNA structure.