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Anatomy of Photo 51


Anatomy of Photo 51

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A flash-based slide show that examines the famous "Photo 51" of Rosalind Franklin that led to the double helix model of DNA structure. Uses text and pictures to show how the different features of the image revealed various aspects of the DNA molecule, such as that it was a helix, that it was a double helix, that the sugar and phosphates ere on the outside, etc.
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Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: Flash
Date Added to MERLOT: March 24, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 10, 2015
Submitter: Jeff Bell
Keywords: X-ray crystallography, DNA structure, Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, double helix, Rosalind Franklin, Photo 51


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Language: English
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Avatar for Monica Lares
1 year ago

Monica Lares (Faculty)

This is an awesome breakdown of the Franklin's famous image.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
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