Crick Was High on LSD When he Discovered DNA Double Helix

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February 10, 2007 | 9,169 views

Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner and a pioneer of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he deduced the double-helix structure of DNA.

Crick, who died in 2004, told a fellow scientist that he often used small doses of LSD, then an experimental drug used in psychotherapy, to boost his powers of thought. He said it was LSD that helped him to unravel the structure of DNA.

Crick was a devotee of novelist Aldous Huxley, whose accounts of his experiments with LSD and mescaline became cult texts for the underground drug culture of the 1960s. Crick was a founding member of Soma, a group dedicated to the legalization of marijuana named after a drug that appears in Huxley's novel "Brave New World."

It's interesting that Nobel-Prize-winning genius Dr. Francis Crick had taken Lysergic acid diethylamide, better known to most of you as LSD, when he discovered the double-helix structure of DNA almost a half-century ago.

Makes you wonder how many others had played with this or other mind-altering substances in their discoveries. Interestingly, LSD is one of a number of substances tested as a military weapon by Pfizer in the 1960s.

It's not surprising that Pfizer was performing those tests, by the way. Chemicals like artificial sweeteners, pharmaceutical drugs, drugs like LSD, and chemical weapons used to incapacitate or kill aren't really all that different from each other in many ways. That's one reason why drug trials sometimes go horribly wrong.

Nearly every time you use a drug for any reason (be it LSD or Lipitor), you run the risk of causing serious imbalance to very delicately controlled biological systems.

However, on Vital Votes, reader Bill from Fruita, Colorado notes:

"The same is the case with the genius who developed the PCR concept of gene snipping and splicing which is the basis for all modern genetic technology.  Many new and paradigm shifting technologies have been 'stumbled' upon while folks have stepped outside the box on purpose."

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