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This is mainly to let you know that I am leaving dear O.B.L. and am looking for another post. I sometimes think that a large
microbiology dept. that could afford to have a fungus and alga man would suit me better than a Botany dept. even if it be
called Plant Science. If in Botany, however, I would rather teach genetics that Thallophyte morphology. I would be glad
to know of anything that you hear of. As for this dept. I would not like to predict its future course. Reeder, Castle, Jackson,
and Boyce are still here and among those doing some work, Giles and Galston. It is not
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altogether a harmonious mixture and I am not at all sure that Tippo knows on which side to lean. I had hoped his first move
would have been to get Dave Bonner back and in our new building and also someone like Raef Lewin but I don't think now
that this will be the direction of things.
Speaking of Dave Bonner his first child Mathew David was born last Saturday, Miriam is very well and we had suitable celebrations
over in microbiology.
Have you seen the last penguin "New Biology" with an article by Lewin on flagella and another by Haldane on microbial
genetics in which he calls your '47 paper "one of the classics of biology." I told Tippo that bacteria had sex
and that the discovery was made in this dept. and he seemed interested--I believe he mentioned it in his undergraduate lectures.