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2008 National DNA Day Online Chatroom Transcript

This is just one question from an archive of the National DNA Day Moderated Chat held in April 2008. The NHGRI Director and many genomics experts from across NHGRI took questions from students, teachers and the general public on topics ranging from basic genomic research, to the genetic basis of disease, to ethical questions about genetic privacy.

Is the original DNA structure created by Watson and Crick still around?
     Larry Thompson, M.S., M.F.A.: Leads the Communications Branch at the Genome Institute. Unfortunately, I do not believe that it is. Watson and Crick made the original model out of parts normally found in the lab, like poles and holders for flasks, and brackets and braces. The metal shop at Cambridge made accurate representations of the bases so Watson and Crick could build a model that exactly matched the x-ray images created by Rosalind Franklin and her colleagues at Kings College. I believe the model is no logner intact because a few years ago, I met a Smithsonian curator and he had a couple of pieces of metal plates made by the Cambridge machine shop for the Watson Crick model in his desk drawer.
Oak Hill Elementary in KS (5th grade student)

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