Talk:Oswald Avery

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Why does the photo seem to attribute the discover of the double helix to Avery? I am an outsider, but it seems to me that Avery did tremendous work - but did not discover the double helix!


Discovery - not discoverer. Look under the photo for others involved in the discovery.


Avery did not use mice in his experiment


He found that DNA was the source of genetic information. NOT that it was a Double Helix (that was Watson and Crick) and he was not involved in the discovery, he helped find out what it did.


Oy! Somebody's got some splainin' to do! It seems there's plagiarism from http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/CC/Views/Exhibit/narrative/biographical.html on here (at least in the section about his family life). --ArtifexCrastinus (talk) 06:45, 25 January 2008 (UTC)


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It is a shame this article is only a "C" (which I agree is reasonable) as Avery didn't just help find out what DNA does. Using his years of dogged and highly scientific work and standing on the shoulders of others he rose alone above other scientists of his day and identified DNA as the genetic material. As a physician, I think he should get a "top" ranking, but given that this is a "popular" rating and the Mendel only gets a "high" Avery should get a "high" as well, since everything genetic we do today is based on his discovery. Schlauch (talk) 16:53, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

Actually the rating at the moment is Start Class which is lower than C. But it is important to note that this is someone's rating of the Wikipedia article and NOT of the scientist's work. The definitions (click on quality scale above in WikiProject Biography) make this clear: C class: The article is substantial, but is still missing important content or contains a lot of irrelevant material etc. Start class: An article that is developing, but which is quite incomplete and, most notably, lacks adequate reliable sources. So the way to improve the rating is to improve the article by adding more important content. Dirac66 (talk) 00:56, 15 September 2008 (UTC)