Sunday, 17 February 2013

Eagle's DNA

This is me enjoying a pint of Eagle's DNA ale yesterday at the The Eagle Pub, Bene't Street, Cambridge. In this pub on 28th February 1953 Francis Crick announced that he and James Watson had "discovered the secret of life" after finding the double-helical structure of DNA.
The birding connection to this is that James Watson was, as a young man, a keen birdwatcher and had strongly considered going to Cornell to study ornithology before reading Erwin Schroedinger's famous book 'What is Life?'. He then decided to pursue a career in genetics instead, I think his decision served mankind quite well. Cheers.

A toast to Watson and Crick!

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