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Double Helix - WATSON James D - 1968. 
1968 - WATSON, James D. The Double Helix. A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. New York: Atheneum, 1968. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $4500.First edition of Watson's controversial personal account of the DNA discovery, inscribed on the front flyleaf by him, "For Jay Hoagland, from Jim Watson." The recipient, Mahlon "Jay" Hoagland, Jr., is the son of biochemist Mahlon Hoagland, who first described tRNA, "the elusive adaptor molecule that Dr. Crick had proposed to account for the step in which amino acids are transported to the ribosome" (New York Times)."One of the investigators, more than any of the others, realized the decisive importance of the DNA molecules in biology, and it was this understanding which urged him relentlessly to push this work toward a successful conclusion, in spite of his rather modest technical qualifications for this task" (Mayr, 823). "He has described admirably how it feels to have that frightening and beautiful experience of making a great scientific discovery" (Richard Feynman, winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize for Physics). Mahlon Hoagland, father of the recipient, worked with Crick after describing the tRNA molecule: "It soon turned out that a biochemist at the Harvard Medical School, Mahlon Hoagland, had quite independently obtained some experimental evidence that supported my proposal [that a tRNA molecule of some sort must exist]". A little later Mahlon came to Cambridge for a year and we did experiments together on transfer RNA" (Crick, What Mad Pursuit, 96).Cloth sunned along upper and lower edges; dust jacket with gently sunned spine and a few small chips. A very good inscribed copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]