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Nova: Dna - Secret of Photo 51 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice overview 23 Mar 2009
By Joe Clueless - Published on
A good contribution to Franklin's role in this important discovery, a discovery that unleashed molecular genetics. It's too bad that Watson did not respond to Nova's request for an interview (as claimed in the piece). Watson's "The Structure of DNA" was never presented as a history -- it was a personal memoir, filled with impolitic observations that stunned Crick and others involved in the "race." In some ways, Watson has done a service to Franklin, portraying her in such an unflattering and ungenerous way that legions have been motivated to provide a corrective view. Some good objective histories, such as Olby's, provide a bit more balanced assessment. I did not see reference to Sayre's biography of Franklin, which is a good read.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret of Photo 51 DVD 24 Nov 2009
By T. Mattila - Published on
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I'm a biology professor, and I love showing this DVD to my classes, to let them know that all the glory does NOT go to Watson and Crick for 'discovering' DNA, and that they actually stole a vital piece of data from a fellow scientist! It's also great for showing the importance of womens' contributions to the field of science, and how these early female scientists helped pave the way for women in science today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making It Up to Rosalind 14 Nov 2007
By Kari L. Rhoades - Published on
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This video is very informative, and I would recommend it to those who are interested in the history of one of the landmark discoveries of the last three generations. I did not know anything about x-ray crystallography, and this inspired me to read up on it. In view of James Watson's recent comments, maybe Rosalind Franklin does need some post-mortem defenders...but this video comes off in the vein of "those mean men! They were too stupid to develop their own theory, so they had to climb over a woman to come up with anything meaningful!". Power to Rosalind...may she receive the credit she deserves, but don't make her a victim!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic documentary 3 Mar 2013
By tex73 - Published on
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This NOVA documentary about the "real" story of how the structure of DNA was deduced is great! It's interesting how many biology textbooks portrayed Rosalind Franklin as a willingly advisor to James Watson and Francis Crick in their quest to uncover the molecular structure of DNA. I would definitely show this documentary to biology students so that way they can acquire the nonfictional story of Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the discovery of DNA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hungry for More Detail 7 April 2009
By R. Sykora - Published on
"DNA: Secret of Photo 51" covers a lot of ground, but left me hungry for more of the technical details, especially those connecting DNA geometry with the X-ray images. But that's a quibble - - it shows that scientific discovery history isn't always black and white.
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