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Letter from Aaron Novick to Joshua Lederberg pdf (212,412 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Aaron Novick to Joshua Lederberg
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Novick, Aaron
Lederberg, Joshua
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Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence C
Box Number: 12
Folder Number: 161
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1953-1960
Folder: Novick, Aaron
Dear Josh,
Many thanks for the reprints. I enjoyed and appreciated your accolades in the Rutgers speech. In the same mail was a review by Horowitz and Owen from Physiol Rev on bacteriol genetics. Our "press" there was more not understanding perhaps than unsympathetic.
By the way Jane had a 7 1/2 pound male -- now named Adam Paul Novick -- on Jan 25 -- which happens to be our wedding anniversary. He is an angel, getting up only once in the night to be fed.
In connection with the reprints, I wonder if you have any extra reprints of the procedure (along with B.D.D.) for the isolation of biochemical mutants and if so could I have one. Also do you have or know of some purineless and/or pyrimidineless mutants, in B preferably. I'll write to Gots.
I wonder if you have made the following estimate of the [ . . . ] locus in K-12. From the linked transduction expts you have an idea of the length (in recombination units) that of chromosome that can be carried by the traducing phage. This can correspond, I would think, at most to the amount of DNA in the phage. Knowing or having some guesses from certain loci as to the maximum density of loci along the chromosome, you of course have everything. But perhaps this upper limit for the
size of a locus turns out to be so large as to be uninteresting.
Little news here otherwise. I have been preparing this damn review (more worrying about than writing) and doing a lot of small things. The kinetics of adaptation are being continued -- although the shapes of the curves make no sense. They just are not [scientific formula].
I finally sent the Kaplan MS back. It was very bad. His evidence that the "s" character is a mutation, makes me wonder about Kaplan.
I'm currently angry with Bryson. I discover that he used in his "Science" article on his [ . . . ] references not only to the MGB but to some kind of gov't progress report. I just wrote him asking for reprints. Probably will mean a FBI clearance.
When will we see you next?
Best regards to Esther
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