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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Thomas C. Nelson to Joshua Lederberg pdf (168,966 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Thomas C. Nelson to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (168,966 Bytes)
Date:
1950
Creator:
Nelson, Thomas C.
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Courtesy of Joshua Lederberg.
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Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence B
Box Number: 7
Folder Number: 220
Unique Identifier:
BBAEUJ
Accession Number:
8
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1947-1953
Folder: Nelson, Thomas C.
Transcript:
Dear Josh
Sorry if I got the wires crossed up somewhere. Why I didn't tell you that Delbruck was the reviewer I don't know. He just shipped back the stuff having kept it thinking I was in New York. His criticisms and suggestions were the same as yours:
shorter:
1) cut theoretical derivation *
2) cut out 2ndary prototroph graphs and state results in words
3) Poisson[?] distribution means nothing
4) crossing over and supplementation several minor changes in wording
He didn't spot the mating type factor as being NG.
* He meant completely - - I believe that the kinetics formula should be left since many geneticists are particulate mathematicians and statisticians and not kinetics people.
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
Ryan wrote saying your suggestions were, as usual, excellent and that he did mean to suggest some prototrophs or otherwise recombinants could be proved by plate syntrophy mutation (which I doubt, at least in large numbers ~100-10,000 since the plates won't support enough growth to give a good chance for reversion).
A new form is enclosed. I'm out of graphs and my plates haven't arrived from Columbia yet so I hope you have the old paper. Note the changes:
lessening of evidence for syngamy vs. other hypotheses increasing the quantitative aspect agglutination - is it ok to mention you? It's your idea.
Ryan has been sending postcards of beautious[sic] native gals from all parts of SA. He's having such a wondrous time in the jungles that he'll probably become a systemalist- collector.
Tom.
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