The Development of Molecular Biology and the Discovery of the Structure of DNA: Rockefeller Foundation, 1933

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The funding approach of the Rockefeller Foundation in the field of molecular biology was nimble and highly supportive of grantee scientists. Among the Natural Sciences division’s early grants was a fellowship for biochemistry research to Hans Adolph Krebs, who discovered the Krebs Cycle, a description of the respiration process in human beings. In 1953, the culmination of a number of lines of research converged in Cambridge, England, where James Watson and Francis Crick, two young scientists, discovered the double helical structure of DNA. Watson and Crick were able to make their discovery with the aid of a number of lines of cutting-edge research, virtually all supported by private foundations. . . .



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