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Philip Teakle

I can not understand the comments about how Watson did not give Franklin and others enough credit etc. If you read the book, Franklin is given due recognition for her photographs and her criticisms of their early efforts. Avery, Chargaff, Pauling, Jerry Donohue and dozens of others are all credited in the book for their contributions to Crick and Watson's brilliant discovery.

I have read The Dark Lady of DNA, a sympathetic comprehensive biography of Franklin by Brenda Maddox, and believe it added nothing essential to Watson's account of her contribution.

After reading The Double Helix my overwhelming impression was how lucky he was to be at the right place at the right time with the right people around. He had guessed the right approach - model building based on helices, and used their pieces of the puzzle to complete the picture.

What I think is missing is a better description of the brilliant insights before and after the elucidation of the structure, but Crick's book What Mad Pursuit fills the gap.

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