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Conveying the Excitement of Scientific Discovery


A challenge we often face in medical [[wysiwyg_imageupload:156:]]
communications is making research come alive for reporters and hence their audiences.  Researchers often seem to think that if they simplify science they’re diluting its intrinsic profundity.

A fine example of how this need not be the case is coming up for auction in April  – a letter the English molecular biologist Francis Crick  wrote to his 12-year old son in 1953 shortly after discovering the structure of DNA with James Watson.  Opening with “Jim Watson and I have probably made a most important discovery,” Crick then proceeds to describe their discovery as a father, not just the co-father of DNA.  Read full post »