Brain Byte

Francis Crick

  • Published4 Dec 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

British scientist Francis Crick studied phenomena both big and small: his career began in physics, migrated to DNA, and ended in consciousness.

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Maddox, B. (2003). The double helix and the “wronged heroine.” Nature, 421(6921), 407–408.

Siegel, R. M., & Callaway, E. M. (2004). Francis Crick’s Legacy for Neuroscience: Between the α and the Ω. PLOS Biology, 2(12), e419.

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