Many thanks for the photomicrographs. Will you convey my message to Miss Lively also. I have been studying them, and consulting
with Grace and Morris (Myxos and actinos, respectively). The conclusion to which we came -- more or less independently of
one another -- is that the haploids are [DIAGRAM], and that a large proportion in the large picture of the diploids are [DIAGRAM],
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apparent haploids. In the small picture, of the filamentone[?] diploids, many appear more like [DIAGRAM]. Now is it genetically
possible that these are tetraploids, as they seem to be cytologically? Or what?
You seem puzzled to know why I asked for your agreement. The answer is quite simple: - You have ideas, and don't hesitate
to express them ; you also make positive, and not merely negative criticisms. Accordingly, I like to know what you think.
Of course, just as I accord you the right to know better than me (from your greater experience) in purely genetical matters,
so I consider myself capable of forming my own conclusions about cytology (I have some experience too), but I still like to
know what other people think - especially yourself.
I know what I think about D-L-R, and since he asked for a fight he'll quite probably get one. I'm sorry that you were
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in the room when I explained his error; so in case you are interested, I'll expound,
Firstly, B. megetherium: - [DIAGRAM]
ow D-L-R, admittedly ignorant of the existence of the cross-walls and associated structures, and using a technique which in
my (not entirely unskilled) hands stains all these membrane elements equally with the nucleus and produces some shrinkage
in the fixation, interprets these as below: -
Secondly, the cocus:-
As I, and a lot of other people see it. [DIAGRAM] D-L-R, again ignorant of the cross-wall and all the rest; shrinking the
nucleus considerably, interprets [TABLE] In other words, the man in simply God-damned ignorant about his material
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The amusing thing is that this error crops up with persistent regularity among inexperienced cytologists. All my associates
laughed like drains when they saw it, without any explanation from me. They'd all made the same world-shaking discovery
themselves, at one time or another, and found out the snag just as soon as they looked at the cell-wall stain.
The "fusion tubes" like many other such monstrosities, can be got any time on blood agar. They also have cross-walls,
and are small, degenerate bacilli, in chains.
If D-L-R had taken the trouble to read my book, instead of merely looking at the pictures, he'd have seen his first error,
at least, expounded.