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The Double Helix and Cambridge


Not trying to win a Nobel Prize
James Watson Scientist
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You know, I wanted the movie to sort of be the equivalent I've never seen Francis in a modest mood, and I thought the best way would be for to show Francis and I, you know, my taking him to where we'd be buried next to Darwin. Now, this is not very modest and of course, Francis's only objection would be not to... you know, we don't belong there, but that we don't believe in God. But, of course, by the time Darwin was buried, he was... had given up God. You know, God is very hard if you think in terms of what evolution implies. So someday, you know, they've done Brideshead again, I guess they can do Life Story again and maybe catch the essence of Francis and I more, you know, it isn't the pursuit of Nobel Prizes. It's really trying to understand an important scientific problem and what you do if there's competition and how to behave your stock and how do you give proper credit and how do you make it an uplifting story which you would like.

American molecular biologist James Dewey Watson is probably best known for discovering the structure of DNA for which he was jointly awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. His long career has seen him teaching at Harvard and Caltech, and taking over the directorship of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. From 1988 to 1992, James Watson was head of the Human Genome Project at the National Institutes of Health. His current research focuses on the study of cancer.

Listeners: Martin Raff Walter Gratzer

Martin Raff is a Canadian-born neurologist and research biologist who has made important contributions to immunology and cell development. He has a special interest in apoptosis, the phenomenon of cell death.



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Walter Gratzer is Emeritus Professor of Biophysical Chemistry at King's College London, and was for most of his research career a member of the scientific staff of the Medical Research Council. He is the author of several books on popular science. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard and has known Jim Watson since that time

Tags: Brideshead, Life Story, Francis Crick, Charles Darwin

Duration: 1 minute, 8 seconds

Date story recorded: November 2008 and October 2009

Date story went live: 18 June 2010