The Double Helix
The Double Helix is the story of the scientists and evidence involved in one of the most important scientific quests of the 20th century: the discovery of the structure of DNA. Also available in Spanish.Play Short Film
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“'What a great excuse to throw out my old PowerPoint on the discovery of the DNA structure,' I thought, after I viewed this short film. Olivia Judson is a captivating narrator and storyteller and the clips of James Watson walking us through his thought process while figuring out how to line up the bases is fascinating for my students. The In-Depth Film Guide is better than a textbook and answers all the major questions students have about the discovery of the structure of DNA. Before watching the film, I have students answer as many questions on the quiz as they can, then we use the quiz questions as our discussion guide after the film.” -- Paul Strode, Fairview HS, CO
- AP Biology (2012-2013) - 4
- AP Biology (2012-2013)
- 3.A.1.a, 3.A.1.b, 4.A.1.a, 4.A.1.b
201Film GuideFilm Guides: The Double HelixThe following classroom-ready resources complement The Double Helix. This short film describes the evidence that led James Watson and Francis Crick to the discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA and how the structure immediately revealed how genetic information is stored and inherited.
81ActivityPulse Chase Primer: The Meselson-Stahl ExperimentThis activity can be used in conjunction with the short film The Double Helix. It introduces students to the classic experiment by Matthew Meselson and Franklin Stahl, which revealed that DNA replication follows the semiconservative model.