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Would Darwin understand DNA?


Speed in scientific research is a relative thing
Francis Crick Scientist
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There’s a very easy test to tell how fast the subject is moving and that is to see how the word 'recently' is used. Now if you are… interested in Latin and Greek or something in classical studies and somebody said, recently it was shown that… that means within say 20 years, something like that. If you… neuroscience, on the other hand, if you’d ask about recently, usually means within the last year or two, or three or four years. If you ask in molecular biology if they use what it means by the word recently it means in the last few weeks, so that gives you some idea of the increase in rate while in the old days it certainly would be years where we would use 'recently' and now it’s weeks.

The late Francis Crick, one of Britain's most famous scientists, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. He is best known for his discovery, jointly with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins, of the double helix structure of DNA, though he also made important contributions in understanding the genetic code and was exploring the basis of consciousness in the years leading up to his death in 2004.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Latin, Greek, study, neuroscience, molecular biology

Duration: 43 seconds

Date story recorded: 1993

Date story went live: 08 January 2010