Race for the Double Helix

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The Race for the Double Helix (alternate title: Life Story) dramatizes the interactions among scientists that led to the discovery in 1953 of the structure of the DNA molecule. This highly praised but hard-to-find film was produced and directed for BBC Television by Mick Jackson. The outstanding cast includes Jeff Goldblum (James Watson), Tim Pigott-Smith (Francis Crick), Alan Howard (Maurice Wilkins), and Juliet Stevenson (Rosalind Franklin). An educational resource of exceptional value, the movie can assist in explaining the science of DNA to a range of audiences, or provide a focus of discussion with students on the process of scientific discovery and the ethical and social issues involved.


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