Son of Nobel Prize winner donates millions towards biology

Son of Nobel Prize winner donates millions towards biology

heartLA JOLLA, Calif. – The son of the Nobel Prize-winning co-discoverer of the structure of DNA has pledged close to $3 million to the La Jolla-based Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the research organization announced Friday.

Michael Crick said he will give the institute half the proceeds of the sale of a 1953 letter in which his father, Francis Crick, describes to him the DNA double-helix structure.

The letter sold at auction this week for nearly $6 million, according to Salk.

“Francis Crick was for many years a deeply beloved member of the Salk faculty, who pushed himself and his colleagues to ask profound scientific questions,” institute President William Brody said.

“The Salk Institute is enormously grateful for having had the privilege to know and work with Francis, and that Michael has chosen to honor his father’s memory in this way.”

The letter was sent to Michael Crick, who was…

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