This is no ordinary paper.
Published 50 years ago in the journal Nature, James Watson and
Francis Crick’s description of the double helix transformed our
understanding of life.The paper is concise—only 128 lines—but
behind each line is a story. We’ve filled in the space between the
lines to shed light on the personalities and politics, the competition
and collaboration that fueled this discovery and fuels the process of
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