Man's Quest for Immortality

December 12, 2014 6:55 PM

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The Eagle, a historic pub located in Cambridge, England, is probably best known for what happened on Feb. 28, 1953, when James Watson and Francis Crick rushed in and announced to all who could hear that they had discovered the secret of life. It was only minutes earlier that they had experienced their "Eureka!" moment around the corner in the Cavendish Laboratories, and Francis Crick felt the urge to immediately share it with the world. As a consequence of this notable event in the history of science, The Eagle has its own unique brand of ale, called "DNA," to commemorate and enshrine the famous discovery of the structure of the genetic material.

Ten years earlier, The Eagle was full of RAF and American fighter and bomber pilots who were in the midst of fighting the Second World War. Smoke, laughter, ale, and an unspoken tension filled the pub as these brave young men returned from their missions over Germany. All too often they learned that...

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