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Rosalind Franklin Papers (a lesson in lab communication)

The NIH National Library of Medicine posted an extensive collection of linkurl:Rosalind Franklin's correspondence and lab notebooks;http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/KR/ online. In addition to documenting her work on the structure of Tobacco Mosaic Virus with J.D. Bernal and some of her other important scientific contributions, several sources pertain to the linkurl:now infamous;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15789/ years from 1951 to 1953; spent at J.T. Randall's lab in King's College.

Brendan Maher
The NIH National Library of Medicine posted an extensive collection of linkurl:Rosalind Franklin's correspondence and lab notebooks;http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/KR/ online. In addition to documenting her work on the structure of Tobacco Mosaic Virus with J.D. Bernal and some of her other important scientific contributions, several sources pertain to the linkurl:now infamous;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/15789/ years from 1951 to 1953; spent at J.T. Randall's lab in King's College. It's fascinating browsing through linkurl:her meticulous notes;http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/KR/B/B/J/G/_/krbbjg.pdf troubleshooting the isolation of DNA fibers from the sample provided by Randolf Signer. But beyond the scientific process, there's a strong lesson to be learned. Those linkurl:years at King's;http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/KR/Views/Exhibit/narrative/dna.html are quite telling of the issues that can arise when conflict in the lab is mismanaged (something staff writer Kerry Grens linkurl:addresses quite well;http://www.the-scientist.com/2007/2/1/26/1/ in our February issue). Signer had provided the sample to Maurice Wilkins who was interested in DNA. Randall took Franklin off of the proteins she had been working...

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