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Essay example - The problems Rosalind Franklin faced in the 1950â€™s as a university-based woman scientist in Great Britain
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The biggest puzzle for scientists up to the early fifties was the mystery that was DNA. Scientists wanted to find out its structure, as well as its genetic code…
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The discovery of the DNA was a race between two pairs of scientist: Watson and Crick versus Franklin and Wilkin (these two, however, found difficulty working together). This race came to be termed as The Race for the Double Helix made into a movie directed by Mick Jackson in 1987.
This paper is devoted to the problems that Rosalind Franklin faced in the 1950’s as a university-based woman scientist in Great Britain as she sought to uncover the mystery of DNA. We are going to review her experience as depicted in The Race for the Double Helix movie. The essay compares and contrasts Franklin’s experience as a scientist working on DNA with the experiences of Crick and Watson as well as those of her supposedly partner Wilkin. The paper specifically discusses how the Franklin case illustrates the concepts of the gender binary system, the gender role deviance, and male-norming. The paper further seeks to unravel the unethical practices treatments that were directed to Franklin. To begin with is a narration of The Race for the Double Helix.
The Race for the Double Helix details the experience of four scientists working towards unraveling the mystery of human life by explaining the structure of DNA molecule. The scientists are somewhat two separate rival teams competing to be the first to discover. The film shows the race that opens in1951 where James Watson, an American Scientist, attends a conference in Italy addressing the structure of DNA. Maurice Wilkin, an English biophysicist, of an X - ray diffraction image of a DNA sample, draws Watson attention to the presentation. Jolted by the presentation and determined to contribute to the DNA structure discovery, Watson travels to England since it was there that the X-ray crystallography was most advanced. Watson was convinced that the structure of DNA might be analyzed in straightforward methods as had been used with success to solve the structure of other crystals. The conviction was ...
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