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Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick – Science History Rap Battle

Watch this class of school kids rappin' out the story of Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick in the race to discovering the structure of DNA.

Watson and Crick were making progress on the structure of DNA, racing Linus Pauling for the Nobel Prize, but they needed accurate X-ray crystallographic data. Rosalind Franklin had gotten the X-ray picture, and somehow, it made its way to Watson & Crick. Franklin died before the prize was given; it’s generally said that she would have been given a share, perhaps of the Chemistry prize. Here’s a class of school kids rappin’ out the story (easy to guess whose side they’re on!)

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