[London: Macmillan], (1953). 8vo. 13,  pp. FIRST EDITION. With two-tone illustrations and text figures. Unbound. Presentation copy, signed by Crick and Maurice Wilkins on top of first title, and by Wilson and Stokes at the end of their paper on page 9. An excellent copy from the library of Dr. Maurice S. Fox, professor of biology at MIT, with his signature. Item #14101
First edition. The original offprint of what a consensus of scientists consider the greatest intellectual achievement of modern science: the genetic code. The first paper identifies the double helix structure; the second, by Maurice Wilkins, A.R. Stokes, and H.R. Wilkins, explains how the structure divides prior to mitosis so that each strand can act as a cell; the third paper by Rosalind E. Franklin & R.G. Gosling adds additional material on the molecular structure of nucleic acids.
The discovery of the structure of DNA was a race between research groups working independently. The 1962 Nobel Prize was awarded to Watson, Crick, and Wilkins for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transferred in living material.