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SCIENCE IS WE - MBL SUMMER 1954

Matt Meselson at an Ultra-Centrifuge, c. mid 1950s

Photograph courtesy of the Archives, California Institute of Technology
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"There remained a single missing piece in the double helical jigsaw puzzle: our unzipping idea for DNA replication had yet to be experimentally verified...Matt Meselson and Frank Stahl put to rest such fears when they published the results of a single elegant experiment. They had met in the summer of 1954 at the MBL and agreed - over a good many gin martinis - that they should get together to do some science. The result of their collaboration has been described as "one of the most beautiful experiments in biology."

James Watson
DNA







Curated by Ann Weissmann, Exhibitions Curator MBLWHOI Library




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