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DNA signed by Watson, Crick, Wilkins, and Stokes

WATSON, JAMES D. & FRANCIS CRICK. “Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid.” Offprint from: Nature Vol. 171 (April 25, 1953)

London, 1953

13, (1) pp. Original self-wrappers. An excellent example.

FIRST EDITION, THE RARE OFFPRINT. Signed by Watson and Crick. This volume is also inscribed and signed by Maurice Wilkins and Alec R. Stokes, co-authors of the second paper with H R. Wilson. Wilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Watson and Crick.

This is the celebrated announcement of the discovery of the structure of DNA, the cornerstone event in modern genetics and biology and one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. The first paper in this 3-paper offprint is the original announcement of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA.

The Watson and Crick paper is accompanied by two important related papers on DNA from the same issue of Nature, one by Wilkins, Stokes and Wilson, the other by Franklin and Gosling (containing the famous x-ray photograph of DNA).

Watson and Crick concluded this paper with a classic understatement: “The structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest. . . . It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material.”

No scientific discovery has ever had such far-reaching implications for the betterment of mankind. In 1962 Watson, Crick, and Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine.

A similarly signed example of this celebrated offprint was the Green copy, which brought $86,500 in 2008 (Library of Richard Green, Christie’s, June 17, 2008). Like the present copy, the Green copy was signed by Watson, Crick, Wilkins, and Stokes.

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