|"We wish to put forward a radically different structure...."
A few days later, he received an advance copy of the Watson and Crick manuscript,
which started by attacking his DNA model and ended by thanking Jerry Donohue for his
help. Pauling looked it over and wrote his son, "I think that it is fine that there
are now two proposed structures for nucleic acid, and I am looking forward to finding
out what the decision will be as to which is incorrect. Without doubt the King's College
data will eliminate one or the other." He still had not seen any of Franklin's or
Wilkins's recent x-ray photos and withheld final judgment until he did.
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Letter from James Watson and Francis Crick to Linus Pauling. March 21, 1953.
Pre-publication typescript of "A Structure for DNA." approx. March 21, 1953.
"We felt we could hardly omit any mention of your structure nor did we feel it reasonable
to suppress our doubts about it."