Friday, January 5, 2024

Nature has Fake Franklin Controversy

Nature magazine declared its favorite science stories of the year, and one of the top ones was What Rosalind Franklin truly contributed to the discovery of DNA’s structure:
Rosalind Franklin was not a ‘wronged heroine’, she was an equal contributor to the discovery.
No, she was not an equal contributor. She had little contact with Crick and Watson.

I am all for crediting her for what she did. She did valuable work on DNA that got used by Crick and Watson. But this Nature article added nothing new. The story is well-known, and can be found on Wikipedia.

This story is politicized, because people hate Watson for saying that people have genetic difference, and love to put Franklin on lists of great XX century scientists, because she was a woman.

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