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DNA: the King's story

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Maurice Wilkins, 2003Maurice Wilkins, 2003King's College continues to honour those responsible for the DNA discoveries, not least with the unveiling of a plaque in the Strand in 1993 and a new College building, which was named the Franklin-Wilkins building.

Maurice Wilkins and James WatsonMaurice Wilkins and James WatsonAt it's opening in 2000, James Watson said: 'Without the two of them (Franklin and Wilkins), Francis Crick and I could not have made our discovery'.

Francis Crick said: 'It is important to remember that all the really relevant experimental work on the x-ray diffraction patterns of DNA fibres was done by Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins and their co-workers'.

More recently, in 2003, a major conference brought together the surviving members of the King's teams with James Watson to celebrate the contribution of all the chemists, mathematicians, physicists and biologists who laboured to bring about the discovery.

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