The Nobel Prize for figuring out how DNA is put together should have gone to a cafeteria. That's what a scientist friend of mine says. She likes to point out that's where the researchers at Cambridge University kicked around the ideas that led to the big breakthrough.
When they weren't in the lab, they'd be breaking bread together. Drinking coffee, swapping wild notions or cracking jokes, they'd all compare notes about the work they were doing. That's how they finally connected the dots. Maybe they'd have done it faster if the conversation had included Rosalind Franklin.