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Here's my favourite understated claim in a paper:

"It has not escaped our notice that the specific pairing we have postulated immediately suggests a possible copying mechanism for the genetic material".

Watson & Crick, "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" (DNA), having almost certainly discovered the mechanism of heredity in complex life forms: one of the most significant discoveries in the history of biology. Very dry.

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