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DNA The Secret of Life. James D. Watson, with Andrew Berry. Knopf, New York, 2003. 462 pp. $39.95, C$59.95. ISBN 0-375-41546-7.
Watson and DNA Making a Scientific Revolution. Victor K. McElheny. Perseus, Cambridge, MA, 2003. 379 pp. $27.50, C$42.95. ISBN 0-7382-0341-6.
McElheny and Watson offer two perspectives of the growth, status, and prospects of molecular biology. McElheny's biography follows Watson through the discovery of the structure of DNA, the development of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Human Genome Project. Watson's own account for the general reader stresses our current understanding of genetics and its consequences.