Crick Francis Henry Compton


(krĭk), Francis Henry Compton Born 1916.
British biologist who with James D. Watson identified the structure of DNA. By analyzing the patterns cast by x-rays striking DNA molecules, they discovered that DNA has the structure of a double helix, two spirals linked together by bases, forming ladder-like rungs. Their discovery formed the basis of molecular genetics. Crick continued to work on DNA, later working out how DNA carries its genetic information.
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