This unit of inquiry hinges on obtaining a class set of back copies of Nature, the prestigious weekly science journal. The activity would not work by substituting a popular science news magazine like New Scientist or Scientific American.

“Articles” and “Letters” submitted to Nature are pristine, full-blown, peer-reviewed scientific papers that must push the frontiers of scientific knowledge. Unlike the news content at the front end of the journal, Nature Articles and Letters are invariably specialized and highly technical.


Students begin by reading a fascimile copy of Watson and Crick’s landmark Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid published in Nature on April 25, 1953.  Printable Pdf.