60906 Science in Practice6cp
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In this subject a major scientific breakthrough is studied in considerable detail in order to build an appreciation of the way in which science operates. The elucidation of the double-helical structure of DNA provides an ideal case study on which to base an in-depth investigation on scientific research. There is opportunity to consider the issues involved in collaborations: both the advantages and the pitfalls. It is also an outstanding case for considering how science progresses: there were some blind alleys that dominated thinking for some time and may have delayed progress but flexible minds were able to work around the roadblocks. Overall the 'DNA story' is an excellent example of a major scientific breakthrough that had far-reaching consequences and came about because of a concerted campaign by many researchers working in a spirit of competition and friendly rivalry.
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