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p. 11. The early milestoneslocked

  • Aysha Divan
  •  and Janice A. Royds


Molecular biology is the story of the molecules of life, their relationships, and how these interactions are controlled. ‘Early milestones’ first explores two key ideas in the early history of molecular biology that provided inspiration at the start of the hunt for the molecular nature of the transmissible factors that provide continuity of life: evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace; and Gregor Mendel’s work on heritable factors. The evolution of ideas and the development of techniques that led to the key finding of the double helix structure of DNA by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 are also described.

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