As a new edition of The Double Helix hits bookshelves, Boing-Boing's Maggie Koerth-Baker takes the opportunity to interview James Watson about his characterization of Rosalind Franklin, who, Koerth-Baker says, "is unfairly maligned in the book as a haggy, naggy, old maid caricature" and referred to throughout as "Rosy," even though that was not a nickname she used.

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