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Discovering the Double Helix: A 50-Year Anniversary

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Discovering the Double Helix: A 50-Year Anniversary

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Discovering the Double Helix: A 50-Year Anniversary

Discovering the Double Helix: A 50-Year Anniversary

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Fifty years ago, James Watson and Francis Crick — in a true "eureka" moment — identified the double-helix structure of the molecule DNA, informing genetic research for decades to come. Their work remains at the core of many of today's scientific pursuits. NPR's Joe Palca reports.