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The Story of the Discovery of DNA, key to the genetic code, by Professor J. D. Watson, who won the Nobel Prize for his part in the biggest event in biology since Darwin.

The Atlantic will publish in two parts Professor Watson’s personal account of a race to discovery that was every bit as exciting as the race to the South Pole and immeasurably more important to man’s knowledge of himself and his world. The achievement inspired a stream of new research in biochemistry and has caused an explosive transformation of the science. Watson was a brash, immodest twenty-three-yearold when he went to Cambridge University to do research in the famed Cavendish Laboratory. “DNA was still a mystery up for grabs,”Professor Watson says, “and no one was sure who would get it and whether he would deserve it if it proved as exciting as we believed. Chiefly it was a matter of live people: Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin, Linus Pauling, Francis Crick, and me.”

The Double Helix, to be published as a book by Atheneum, will begin in the January Atlantic and conclude in the February issue. It is a great story not only for its scientific information but also for what it says about the way scientists work.

And a full issue, including:

The Solitary Man: Ceorge Ivennan. Russia, and the West by Alfred kazin

Strikes by Pulic Employees by A. H. Raskin

British us. Amrrican TV by Diana Trilling

Cage for the Innocents, a report on the handling and mishandling of Vietnamese civilians in American custody.