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Rosalind Elsie Franklin – Scientist

So much can be learned from our DNA, and the person who had a vital role in creating a better understanding of it was Rosalind Elsie Franklin.  Rosalind Franklin was able to take increasingly clear x-ray diffraction photos of DNA and discover there were two forms, wet and dry.  However, she was unable to resolve the differences between the two.  Using her work, Francis Crick and James Watson were able to submit the Medical Research Council and receive credit for the discovery of DNA Structure. They did not acknowledge their debt to her work until later, and then finally admitted Franklin was only two steps away from discovery.

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