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NOVA: DNA - Secret of Photo 51
NOVA DNA - Secret of Photo 51
Actor: Nova
Director: Nova
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2007     0hr 56min

On April 25, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published their groundbreaking discovery of the double helix structure of DNA, the molecule essential for passing on our genes and the ''secret of life.'' But their crucial...  more »


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Actor: Nova
Director: Nova
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Science & Technology
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/24/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Hungry for More Detail
R. Sykora | Fremont, CA | 04/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

""DNA: Secret of Photo 51" covers a lot of ground, but left me hungry for more of the technical details, especially those connecting DNA geometry with the X-ray images. But that's a quibble - - it shows that scientific discovery history isn't always black and white."
Nice overview
Joe Clueless | Florida, USA | 03/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A good contribution to Franklin's role in this important discovery, a discovery that unleashed molecular genetics. It's too bad that Watson did not respond to Nova's request for an interview (as claimed in the piece). Watson's "The Structure of DNA" was never presented as a history -- it was a personal memoir, filled with impolitic observations that stunned Crick and others involved in the "race." In some ways, Watson has done a service to Franklin, portraying her in such an unflattering and ungenerous way that legions have been motivated to provide a corrective view. Some good objective histories, such as Olby's, provide a bit more balanced assessment. I did not see reference to Sayre's biography of Franklin, which is a good read."
Secret of Photo 51 DVD
T. Mattila | Saint Paul, MN | 11/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a biology professor, and I love showing this DVD to my classes, to let them know that all the glory does NOT go to Watson and Crick for 'discovering' DNA, and that they actually stole a vital piece of data from a fellow scientist! It's also great for showing the importance of womens' contributions to the field of science, and how these early female scientists helped pave the way for women in science today."
Franklin.... and Watson & Crick
Mathew Starner | Denver, CO | 12/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very revealing story into the discovery of DNA's structure, and the immensely important role that Rosalind Franklin had. I wouldn't say the movie necessarily victimized her as much as Watson villainized her in his book, "The Double Helix."
I'd highly recommend this for anyone interested in biology.
Or in justice."