Thursday, July 25, 2013

To Celebrate Rosalind Franklin's Birthday: The Pioneering Scientist to Discover DNA-The Blueprint of Life

Google Doodle celebrates Rosalind Franklin’s birthday today, she was one of the pioneering scientists to discover DNA –the ‘blueprint’ of life. 
Franklin was responsible for much of the research and discovery work that led to the understanding of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA. Between 1951 and 1953 Rosalind Franklin came very close to solving the DNA structure. When she took an x-ray diffraction image of DNA in 1952, the scientist had captured more than a second of humanity. She created an image of the building block of humans. This photo of DNA was referred to as Photo 51, the X-ray photographs of DNA Franklin took  were described as "the most beautiful X-ray photographs of any substance ever taken.".

If you’re a living creature, you’ve got DNA. But how much do you really know about the microscopic building block of life that shapes who you are? Here are seventeen things you should know about DNA


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