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Science  21 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5551, pp. 2483-2485
DOI: 10.1126/science.1065346

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Meselson, Stahl, and the Replication of DNA A History of "The Most Beautiful Experiment in Biology". Frederic Lawrence Holmes. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2001. 515 pp. $40, £30. ISBN 0-300-08540-0.

Holmes provides a comprehensive account of the route to Meselson and Stahl's classical demonstration of the semi-conservative replication of DNA, and he discusses the reception, influence, and subsequent reputation of the experiment.