A Speculative History of DNA: What If Oswald Avery Had Died in 1934?

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This speculative Essay explores the consequences of the imagined premature death of Oswald Avery, who in 1944 provided evidence that genes are made of DNA. Four imaginary alternate routes to the genetic function of DNA are outlined, each of which highlights different aspects of the actual process of discovery.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e2001197
JournalPLoS Biology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2016