"It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material."
With this modest understatement, Watson and Crick introduced the second major discovery brought about by an understanding of DNA's structure, the mechanism by which DNA makes copies of, or replicates
, itself. Finally, a mechanism for understanding how traits are passed on from parent to child was apparent.
Click on the step numbers below to see the steps in DNA replication. Click on the mouse at left to clear the images and text.