Путь к двойной спирали - структуре ДНК

Пятьдесят лет назад 25 апреля 1953 года Джеймс Уотсон и Фрэнсис Крик опубликовали небольшую статью в научном журнале «Nature» (Природа). В ней описывалась поразительная двунитевая спиралевидная структура ДНК - генетического материала живых организмов. Их двуспиральная модель явилась разгадкой тайны того, как живые клетки могут производить две идентичные копии самих себя и как генетический материал сохраняет всю информацию для синтезирования белков, необходимых для создания живого организма.

Следующее большое достижение было сделано несколько месяцев спустя, когда Макс Перутц нашел способ определения структуры крупных молекул, таких как миоглобин и гемоглобин. С тех пор рентгеновский структурный анализ молекул белка помогает нам понять химию биологических реакций.

Оба этих открытия - структуры ДНК и структуры белка - были сделаны в Кавендишской лаборатории Кембриджского университета. Так почему же открытия, произведшие революцию в биологии и медицине и обеспечившие им господствующее положение в науке во второй половине 20-го века, были сделаны в британской физической лаборатории?

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