December 2017Aaron Klug ReportThe information people have today about DNA and its makeup is attributed to manydiscoveries of scientists. One of the scientists who made a significant impact on the knowledgeabout DNA’s makeup was British chemist, Aaron Klug. Aaron Klug was born in Lithuania in theyear of 1926, but he moved to South Africa where he attended the University of Witwatersrandto get his Bachelor’s degree in Science and the University of Cape Town to get his Master’sdegree. Klug later moved to England in order to get his Ph.D. at Trinity College. In England,Klug worked alongside Rosalind Franklin at Birkbeck College.
During his research time withher, Klug discovered his passion for studying viruses, and he eventually discovered how thetobacco mosaic virus was formed. Klug also helped develop crystallographic electronmicroscopy by means of x-ray diffraction. In 1962, Klug worked with Francis Crick as a memberof the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, England; Klug became head of his division in1978. In 1982, Klug was given a Nobel Prize for his work with crystallographic electronmicroscopy and structural models of nucleic acid protein, and he was knighted by QueenElizabeth II in 1988.Aaron Klug’s discoveries regarding his work with crystallographic electron microscopyare significant and applicable to the modern day. Klug discovered how to take three-dimensionalpictures of particles, in order to study them more closely and get more information about them.This is significant to science because Klug was a major innovator for the work of electronmicroscopy which is still used today to get a better view of particles.
Klug’s work has causedscientists to innovate even more with electron microscopes, in order to make them more reliableand accurate.Klug worked with many other scientists during the time of his career; he was able to learnand benefit from other scientists, and he may have had healthy competition with them as well.Personally, I think that working with others can be progressive and efficient if everyone plays aspecific part in order to get work done; if one person does all the work in a group, then theprocess is not efficient and the purpose of collaborating is defeated. Working with others can bebeneficial because multiple minds allow for more innovative ideas which could help finish atask, but it can also be an issue if everyone wants their way and are not open to hearing otherpeople’s ideas and not being in control. Competition can be a good thing in relation to howquickly a new discovery is made; it can make the process faster by driving scientists to workharder and more efficiently in order to be the first person to make a certain discovery.
It also mayslow the process because scientists competing with one another may focus on trying to get oneanother off task and make them mess up their research, rather than the scientists focusing on theactual discovery.Aaron Klug was a phenomenal pioneer for research on electron microscopy. His workwith biochemistry significantly impacted science for years to come. Without his discoveries, ourknowledge about DNA and biochemistry would not be as advanced as it is today