Thank you for your letter, and the reprints which I shall be very pleased to have.
I, of course, concur with most of your criticisms. I have attempted to explain the observed phenomena but I wouldn't
go bail on any of my suggestions.
I think that the "chromosomes" are more correctly chromosome complexes. Bacteria do have resting nuclei, of a
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number of types, some of which I am now trying to describe, but they seem to remain in the mitotic condition for an extended
period during the logarithmic phase of active cell division. This is unusual, I will admit, but surely not inconceivable.
As regards the "trinucleate" condition. This is based upon actually counting the little beggars. This is difficult
in the original, goddam difficult in a photograph, and impossible in a photograve reproduction.
I have enclosed a few original prints for you to compare with my tracings.
May I also add--what is, perhaps, another glimpse of the obvious--that I am not a geneticist.
When I have completed my present work upon the resting nucleus, and the
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sexual process (if such they are) connected with it, I will send you a note of my results, and subsequently some reprints,
if anybody can be found rash enough to print it.
I sincerely wish that I could manage to get upon collaborating terms with a geneticist who might be prepared to tackle these
That sexuality does exist in bacteria, I am convinced. I think that it takes a very varied form in different
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groups, and may be repressed at times.
After all, the fungi have a sufficient diversity of modes of sexuality, within their group.
In conclusion, may I ask if you have read my paper. J. Gen. Microbiol. 2. 83. of which I have, unfortunately, no reprints
left. This goes into the question of "chromosome" doubling, but antedates my belief that they are always paired;
so for "single chromatinic body", read:--"one pair of ?x?x?"
Not to be confused with the Old English "pair of unmentionables" (Anglice trousers, Amer. pants.) Pray forgive my,