Explain DNA to me like I’m a twelve-year-old
September 13, 2013 1:14 PM Subscribe
"Read this carefully so that you understand it.
When you come home we will show you the model. Lots of love, Daddy." In 1953 Francis Crick, sat down to write his twelve-year-old son Michael a letter explaining his brand-new discovery: the double-helix structure of DNA. Now you can read the original, seven-page hand-written letter, complete with an interactive feature that lets you click for details, context and explanations. Courtesy of the Smithsonian.
Michael, now 72, went on to help design Arpanet and the first spell-check tool for Microsoft Word. The Crick family sold the letter at auction in April for $5.3 million, sharing the proceeds with the Salk Institute.
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