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My teacher said this was a good read, and I was interested. Has anybody read the Double Helix by James Watson?

Thanks!
 

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Yes. It's certainly a worth-while read.
 

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Yeah, I read it in undergrad. It's pretty good. Personally I think it would be more interesting to people who aren't in the bio/medical field, who don't already know the basic story. I guess I just wasn't as impressed by it as other people...
 

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I was going to read it, but then I got tired that Watson won't stfu about it already and decided I didn't want to make him even richer.
 

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Why do you people always use that smiley? The one with the eyes cocked up. Are you trying to tell me something? Trying to offend me? Well it doesn't work. It actually turns me on. Ask dArroway.
 

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Why do you people always use that smiley? The one with the eyes cocked up. Are you trying to tell me something? Trying to offend me? Well it doesn't work. It actually turns me on. Ask dArroway.

How do you know that's not my goal in the first place?
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Here, this is a treat for you, now go find a private place for some self TLC. :)
 

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My teacher said this was a good read, and I was interested. Has anybody read the Double Helix by James Watson?

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We had to read it in genetics. I wanted to put a bullet in my head after about the 2nd chapter. If you're into that kind of stuff, it would probably be a good read though.
 

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We had to read it in genetics. I wanted to put a bullet in my head after about the 2nd chapter. If you're into that kind of stuff, it would probably be a good read though.
I read it in 10th grade and felt the same way... However, my lab partner and I named our fetal pig "Linus Pauling" because we admired him as he was portrayed in the book.


Looking at it now as an adult and 50+ years after the events described in the book, it is an interesting story of a callow young scientist's quest to be the first to make a specific, monumental scientific discovery. And shed a tear for Rosalind Franklin who was treated in a very sexist way by young Watson and many others.
 

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great book. also met him at UT during a seminar he gave. and apparently, he's quite the nut job.

but i guess thinking about molecular biology every day to the extent that you become a noble laureate will eventually drive you crazy. Lol
 

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I also had to read it for my genetics class, and while it was interesting, it was killing me to have to be reading what I consider 'fun reading' while I had orgo readings to do :p I agree with Lizzy; Rosalind Franklin was treated incredibly unfairly, and I think the book brings that to light in a kind of roundabout way.
 

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I read the book and I really enjoyed it. When they describe some of their guesses as to the structure and are getting it wrong I just kept finding myself wanting to yell "NOOO IT IS A DOUBLE HELIX STUPID!". I also think if Watson didn't need organic chem to find the freaking structure of DNA, I shouldn't have needed it either.