"DNA normally forms a right-handed spiral (although a rare left-handed variant can occur). In other words, it twists like
a conventional screw. That, though, has not stopped it being reproduced wrongly in hundreds of places. Dr. Tom Schneider has
a website where he has collected hundreds of examples of incorrectly drawn 'left-handed DNA', most being found in scientific
journals. Many are in advertisements, so we may perhaps charitably suggest the final copy was never seen by a scientist, but
that doesn't quite explain them all. Certainly not the editorial comment in Nature, the place where DNA's structure was first described, which in 2000 mentioned the clues that 'led Watson and Crick to deduce
the left-handed double helical structure of DNA.' Watson, in fact, has been particularly badly served, his 1978 textbook,
Molecular Biology of the Gene, having six different illustrations with left-handed DNA, and in 1990 the American journal Science quoting Watson as saying, 'I have to read SCIENCE every week,' this being illustrated with left-handed DNA. Perhaps worst of all, a 1998 reprint of Watson's The Double Helix was illustrated on the front and back with left-handed DNA. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that Watson is left-handed."
Chris McManus. Chris McManus, in Right Hand, Left Hand: The Origins of Asymmetry in Brains, Bodies, Atoms and Cultures. 2002.
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