Do you miss the sex with boys?
OH MY GOSH - OF COURSE WE DO. We crave all the peen - that’s why we’re in a committed, life long relationship with ANOTHER GIRL. Because every lesbian secretly craves a man in the relationship, duh. We all must just be highly confused and torn about our sexuality - trying to rebel against the norm which is why we date someone of the same sex. OF COURSE WE MISS ALL THE SEX WITH BOYS - All the sex we never had.
rosalind franklin discovered the double helix in dna but her research was stolen by two men before she could properly share the information and now watson and crick are famous for what she spent years studying
Plus she developed ovarian cancer that was most likely caused by radiation from the HUNDREDS of hours spent using x ray crystallography to ascertain the structure. She literally worked herself to death to be a footnote in most genetics textbooks.
Uh, no. Not quite. As much as I’d love to give Rosalind Franklin complete credit for the discovery of the double helix, it would be inaccurate. That’s not to say that her work on the discovery of the double helix is not given enough attention, because it’s not, and her work was crucial. However, there were multiple scientists working on this problem at once, all from different fields. Franklin worked solely using x-ray crystallography, which studied the 3-dimensional shape of DNA, however it was presented as 2-dimensional. There were also two forms of the DNA she was studying: a crystalline form, A, and a wet form, B. The B form definitely showed a helical shape to the DNA, however the A form did not. She was also trying to solve the Patterson function of the A form, which was also not helical. Obviously, this would be confusing and difficult for anyone to try to ascertain what form DNA actually took.
Watson and Crick were looking at the problem completely differently, and for the most part just built models based on Linus Pauling’s work. While they did not give Franklin’s work proper shrift (mainly because neither of the understood crystallography, as admitted by Watson himself), eventually Watson and Crick proposed a helical structure that was validated by Franklin’s crystallography work.
So, was her work stolen? No. While she was incredibly close to determining the structure, Watson and Crick proposed their model before she could reach a conclusion.
Was her work important? Yes, very much so. The Watson and Crick model of the double helix, which is what is accepted as scientific fact, was accepted because Franklin was able to validate that their model fit what she found in her crystallography work.
TL;DR: Rosalind Franklin did not discover the correct helical form first, however there is no doubt that her hard work had a huge impact on the discovery and validation of the accepted form of DNA.
As far as “She literally worked herself to death to be a footnote in most genetics textbooks.”? Here’s something to think about: scientists don’t do work to become famous, they do work because they want answers to the world’s questions. Gaining recognition for their work is just a side perk. Do I believe that more people should know about Franklin’s work? Yes. She was an intelligent and ruthless researcher, having to put up with so much bullshit because of her gender, but she never let that stop her. She is an incredible role model for female scientists to this day. But don’t assume that her work is invalidated simply because she’s not as well known as Watson and Crick.
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Uh, is this Mametown in the Joan Rivers documentary, or Bizarro Mametown?