Genes, Girls and Gamow

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - Molecular biologists - 275 pages
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In 1953 Watson and Crick discovered the double helical structure of DNA and Watson's personal account of the discovery, The Double Helix, was published in 1968. Genes, Girls and Gamow is also autobiographical, covering the period from when The Double Helix ends, in 1953, to a few years later, and ending with a Postscript bringing the story up to date. Here is Watson adjusting to new-found fame, carrying out tantalizing experiments on the role of RNA in biology, and falling in love. Thebook is enlivened with copies of handwritten letters from the larger than life character George Gamow, who had made significant contributions to physics but became intrigued by genes, RNA and the elusive genetic code. This is a tale of heartbreak, scientific excitement and ambition, laced with travelogue and '50s atmosphere.

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Review: Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix

User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

I would much rather give this book 2.5 stars. It starts off well, but drags a lot. And becomes way too many anecdotes that aren't really interesting. Also, it is pretty gossipy, which amusing at first, gets old. I wish it had 50 pages shorter. Read full review

Review: Genes, Girls, and Gamow: After the Double Helix

User Review  - Pam - Goodreads

Surprisingly entertaining and tawdry. I thought it was a much better read than "The Double Helix" if only because Dr. Watson comes off less arrogant in this book. Read full review

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In 1953, while working at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the double helical structure of DNA. For their discovery they, with Maurice Wilkins, were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Watson was appointed to the faculty at Harvard University in 1956. In 1968, while retaining his position at Harvard, he became director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). In 1988 he was appointed as associate director ofthe National Institute of Health (NIH) to help launch the Human Genome Program. A year later he became the first director of the National Center for Human Genome Research at the NIH, a position he held until 1992. In 1994 Watson became president of CSHL, the position he holds today.

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