James Watson, writer

A bit of a gap since the last post here, but still after Francis Crick my thoughts turn to James Watson, the surviving member of the dynamic duo. So here’s a review of a book about him, not a biography as such, but a reflection on Watson the writer, his interesting (to me, especially) parallel […]

Francis Crick: the full biography

I posted an interview with Francis Crick a little while back. Crick was so productive for so long, he made a daunting subject. Here’s my take on the more or less official biography, which – impressively – was published five years after he died. The individual scientific biography seems an increasingly outmoded exercise. Science today […]

“We really thought it was the most important problem” – DNA 30 years on

I’ve seen quite a few DNA anniversaries now – 25, 30, 40, 50 and (this month!) 60. Seems a good time to revisit the first one I saw at first hand, as it were. I’m struggling a bit here – trying to be a good reporter while frankly star struck. (James Watson! Sidney Brenner!) And […]