Francis Crick, James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin took Gregor Mendel’s work with peas to a new level of genetic understanding. They were the first people to have strong enough microscopes to throughly study the molecules of DNA and RNA. They began the interpretation of them that continues today.
At the time, Rosalind Franklin did not receive much notice for her role in the project. Her death only a few years after the presentation of their findings only made her easier to forget. Now, history is beginning to recognize the importance of women in science, and she has taken her historically accurate place beside her colleagues. Without her pictures, the full understanding of DNA and RNA might have had to wait many more years.
Their studies have have given me thoughts and ideas for many novels. My understanding of genetics is vital to Coffee, Tea, and Gluten Free: The Novel. There are also mentions of how genetics affect individuals in other novels. If I ever do write the chimera series, I will need to update my understanding of genetics and “parasite” twins. I think that may be a good place to start for a primary chimera. Although, it isn’t the only one.
James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. Chemheritage.org. https://www.chemheritage.org/historical-profile/james-watson-francis-crick-maurice-wilkins-and-rosalind-franklin . Accessed Date: 08/13/16. Chemical Heritage Foundation.