LONDON — Early in 2002, a rather unusual delivery will be made to the Wellcome Trust library in London. Eleven filing cabinets stuffed with papers containing some of the most valuable scientific data and research of the 20th century will arrive and the long process of cataloguing it will begin.

What will emerge at the end of it, it's hoped, is a publicly accessible archive of the work of Francis Crick, the British scientist who, along with James Watson, discovered the structure of DNA in 1953. The aim is to make as much as possible of this national scientific treasure available on-line to those want an insight into Crick, his work and the process by which he and Watson arrived at their landmark findings on DNA.

Crick has been described as one of the outstanding British scientific figures of the last century and his DNA work, in the...

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