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A list of key readings about DNA.
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  • Olby, Robert (1974) The Path to The Double Helix: Discovery of DNA. MacMillan, with foreword by Francis Crick; ISBN 0486681173; the definitive DNA textbook, revised in 1994, with a 9 page postscript.
  • Judson, Horace Freeland (1996) The Eighth Day of Creation: Makers of the Revolution in Biology., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. ISBN 0879694785
  • Rose, Steven and Mileusnic, Radmilla (1999, 4th Edn) The Chemistry of Life., Penguin, ISBN 0140272739
  • Watson, James D (1999, 2nd Edn). The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. Penguin, ISBN 0140268774
  • Butler, John M (2001) Forensic DNA Typing Elsevier ISBN 978-0-12-147951-0
  • Clayton J, Dennis C (Eds) (2003) 50 Years of DNA., Palgrave MacMillan Press. ISBN 1403914796
  • Watson, James D and Berry, Andrew (2003) DNA: The Secret of Life. Knopf, ISBN 0375415467
  • Ridley, Matt (2006) Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code (Eminent Lives) Harper Collins; 192 pp, ISBN 006082333X
  • Alberts, Bruce; Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walters (2002). Molecular Biology of the Cell; Fourth Edition. New York and London: Garland Science. ISBN 0-8153-3218-1. 

Journal articles

Demonstrates the variety of nanoscale shapes multi-stranded DNA can be packed into.