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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Andre Lwoff to Joshua Lederberg Annotation pdf (85,665 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Andre Lwoff to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (85,665 Bytes)
Date:
1985-01-03 (January 3, 1985)
Creator:
Lwoff, Andre
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Institut Pasteur Service des Archives.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Genetics, Microbial
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence F
Metadata Record [Transcription of] Letter from Andre Lwoff to Joshua Lederberg (January 3, 1985) pdf (62,248 Bytes) ocr (1,349 Bytes)
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Metadata Record Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Andre Lwoff (February 1, 1988) pdf (47,001 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number: 45
Folder Number: 5
Unique Identifier:
BBAASQ
Accession Number:
2
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1985-1999
Folder: Lwoff, Andre
Transcript:
Dear Joshua,
Alas, I have not followed the illustrious route tread by so many waters, scientists, generals, politicians, etc. I do not keep, I have never kept a diary. Sometimes I regret it. Of course I remember the 1946 Cold Spring Harbor Symposium (it was my first visit to the States). In fact the only important scientific event, the most spectacular, was the announcement of the sexuality of Escherichia coli. The transmission of caracters from bacteria to bacteria were of course well known: the "transforming principle". But that bacteria when able to copulate had, to my mind, never been foreseen.
Somebody--may be I--sensed the objection that symbiosis between two deficient bacteria could explain your data. But you [...] eliminated this hypothesis.
Anyhow, the fact, bacterial sexuality, was, in itself interesting for those in love with bacteria, but I wonder if anyone, except you perhaps, had realized that the discovery
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of bacterial copulation would allow the birth and blooming of molecular biology and genetics during the next ten years. An explosive, unpredictable blooming.
This is all I can say.
With kind regards
Andre Lwoff
P.S. You may use this letter as you wish but, please correct the mistakes concerning my english.
P.S. Your letter dated june 84 was received january 2d 1985. Hence the late answer.
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2008-09-30
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: this is handwritten version 
see BBAASR for transcript

jl 2/29/99