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130399
(CRICK, Francis.) Bourne, Geoffrey.

Cytology and Cell Physiology.

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Published: Oxford Clarendon Press: 1945

Stock Code: 130399

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Notes

Francis Crick's copy, with his pencilled signature to the pastedown, of an important cell biology textbook, outlining the biological worldview which Crick was schooled in and which he would ultimately overturn with his joint discovery of DNA in 1953. Though books from Crick's library do appear, relevant scientific texts published before the 1953 paradigm shift are of much greater scarcity and interest.
The volume indicates how little was then known of the structure of DNA, but also offers tantalising statements - "this apparently accidental correspondence between the spacing of the essential units nucleic acid chain and polypeptide may, in fact, be the key to the true role of the nucleic acids" (p. 143). This refers to the crystallographic work of Astbury and Bell, and effectively sets the stage for Crick and Watson's work. There is also a section on X-ray crystallographic techniques in cell analysis, which was crucial to DNA's discovery. The book itself is a corrected reprint of the 1942 first edition.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

Condition

Some sunning to spine and extremities. A near-fine copy.

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