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Baldwin, Joyce. DNA Pioneer: James Watson and the Double Helix. New York, NY: Walker Publishing Company, Inc., 1994. A biography of James Watson written for young adults, which offers a comprehensive, personal look at the life and work of this dynamic scientist. (2)

Chargaff, Erwin. Heraclitean Fire: Sketches From a Life Before Nature. New York, NY: The Rockefeller University Press, 1978. The autobiography of the out spoken biochemist known for his discovery of base-pairing of DNA, a major piece of evidence for the double-helical structure of DNA. (1)

Keller, Evelyn F. A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock. New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1983. Highly readable and enjoyable biography of Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock, whose work in genetics was not appreciated, or even understood, for thirty years. (1-3)

Sayre, Anne. Rosalind Franklin and DNA. New York, NY: The Norton Library, W.W. Norton, 1978. Sayre challenges the characterization of Rosalind Franklin given by Watson in his popular account. Franklin is described as an exceptionally competent scientist and a sympathetic person. (1-4)


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