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Anatomy of Photo 51

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 04.22.03
  • NOVA

When you know how to look at it, this shadowy X-ray photograph speaks volumes about the shape of DNA. Explore the image using our guide.

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Explore Rosalind Franklin’s famous x-ray image, a key to understanding the double-helix structure of DNA.

This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Secret of Photo 51.

Credits

Photo

© Franklin, R. and Gosling, R.G./Nature

Illustrations

© WGBH/NOVA

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