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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from B. D. Pullinger to Joshua Lederberg pdf (96,746 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from B. D. Pullinger to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (96,746 Bytes)
Date:
1953-03-10 (March 10, 1953)
Creator:
Pullinger, B. D.
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Courtesy of Joshua Lederberg.
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Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence B
Box Number: 7
Folder Number: 254
Unique Identifier:
BBAFAH
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: Pullinger, B. D.
Transcript:
10th March 1953
Dear Dr. Lederberg,
Very many thanks for your letter and most interesting reprint which adds another viewpoint and new information to a complicated subject. I enclose the reprint you ask for.
One of my objects in publishing in 1949 was to provoke thought and discussion on whether the explanation of cancerous growth required the assumption of a stimulus to account for continuous cell division. I favoured such an assumption. But I know that many general biologists do not. They think there has been a removal of restraints, that is to say that unless restrained any living cell will divide perpetually given adequate conditions for nutrition. Some work that may reconcile both viewpoints is coming along, perhaps. You will find a reference that may interest you in a short comment in the Lancet 1952 Vol II, 73, in a leading article on New Ideas in Cancer Research para. 3 on p. 74.
As you are interested in the subject of
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autonomous growth, I wonder if you would not consider investigating a plant tumour virus which infects Nicotiana. You will find previous work under P.R. White (Princeton) from 1939 onwards, [...] with A.C. Braun. It would be interesting to know the chemical products of the multiplication of this virus.
With all good wishes,
Yours sincerely,
B. D. Pullinger
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