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DNA: the King's story

Publishing the findings

On 25 April 1953 the prestigious science magazine, Nature, published three papers.

The first by James Watson and Francis Crick proposed the double helical array of atoms and noted that the structure "suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material".

The two others were by King's scientists. One by Franklin and Gosling, the other by Wilkins, AR Stokes, and HR Wilson both presenting experimental data from King's which demonstrated structure in biological systems, the helical nature of nucleic acids and concluding (in the Franklin and Gosling article) that the phosphate backbone lies on the outside of the DNA structure.

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