Profile of the Day: James Watson
Have you made any genealogy discoveries using DNA testing? On this day in 1953, scientists James D. Watson and Francis Crick discovered the chemical structure of DNA. Using experimental data collected by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, the pioneering duo deduced the double-helix structure of DNA and revolutionized our understanding of genetics and heredity. Watson, Crick and Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for their contributions to this groundbreaking scientific discovery. Sadly, Franklin died in 1958, and was therefore ineligible for the award.
As it turns out Watson and Franklin were related – Rosalind Franklin is James Watson’s 20th cousin once removed. Explore James Watson’s family tree to see how you’re related!
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