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‘The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix’

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James D. Watson and Francis Crick (below), who with Maurice Wilkins won a Nobel Prize 50 years ago for their discovery of the structure of DNA, had a tumultuous partnership. “I have never seen Francis Crick in a modest mood” is how Watson starts his 1968 memoir “The Double Helix.” “The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix” (Simon & Schuster), edited by scientists Alexander Gann and Jan Witkowski, adds color and context to Watson’s account. In addition to explaining more of the science, the editors provide a fuller description of Watson’s very busy social life and his messy relationships with Rosalind Franklin and other colleagues.
JAN GARDNER

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