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Sturff Hero: why you should know Rosalind Franklin’s name

The famous photo 51 and the real story of DNA discovery

It has been 60 years since Watson and Crick announced their discovery of DNA.  It has been 51 years since they were awarded the Nobel prize for it, leaving out one of the most important people involved in its discovery. You see, Watson and Crick came up with the first correct model of DNA based largely on photographs of it. The most famous of these, Photo 51, is currently on display at Somerset House in London if you wish to behold this historical triumph in person.


But Watson and Crick didn’t take these photos themselves. It was the x-ray crystallography wizard, Rosalind Franklin, who captured the images of DNA that allowed Watson and Crick to work out its structure. Rosalind was working with Maurice Wilkins at the time, who was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Watson and Crick.

Why was Rosalind’s role in the discovery of DNA ignored?

Some say it’s because Watson and Crick didn’t realize it was her work because Wilkins released it to them without her knowing. Others claim it was sexism of the times. Or perhaps it was a case of out-of-sight, out-of-mind because Rosalind died tragically of Cancer at age 37, just four years before the Nobel Prize was awarded. But now we know to celebrate Rosalind Franklin’s achievements. Cheers to Google shining a spotlight on this extraordinary scientist on what would have been her 93rd birthday. Sturff also recognizes Rosalind Franklin as one of our great heroes!


Google Doodle’s image posted 25 July celebrates Rosalind Franklin who helped discover DNA

–Photograph of Rosalind Franklin working at the microscope thanks to Science Source–

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Every woman is beautiful. Don’t believe me? Take Dustin Hoffman’s word for it..

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You can protect yourself with a shotgun but not with a medical abortion


The US House of Representatives just passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act banning abortions after 20 weeks, with exceptions for the most extreme cases, but with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest who did not report their assaults to the authorities, and with no exceptions for situations in which the woman’s health is threatened by her pregnancy.

Can someone please explain to me why a man can take out a shotgun on his porch and choose to end someone’s life if he feels his wellbeing is threatened – and this is protected by law – while a woman cannot get a medical abortion of a fetus inviable outside the womb to protect her own wellbeing? There’s no debate that it’s terrible to end a life no matter the reasons or circumstances, which is why it’s a choice not to be taken lightly. But why the grave internal inconsistency, America?

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