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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Lloyd V. Berkner pdf (60,958 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Lloyd V. Berkner
Number of Image Pages:
1 (60,958 Bytes)
Date:
1958-01-31 (January 31, 1958)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Berkner, Lloyd V.
Associated Universities, Inc.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence C
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 35
Unique Identifier:
BBAGSD
Accession Number:
12
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1953-1960
Folder: Berkner, Lloyd V.
Transcript:
January 31, 1958
Dear Dr. Berkner:
I am enclosing an advance copy of a memorandum which is being, for the moment, privately circulated. I have no doubt that more formal representations will be forth coming from professional societies and others.
To be sure, you must have more urgent problems, administrative, political, and technical which relate to the rocket program. Nevertheless, there is no reason that purely scientific applications should be submerged, and I feel myself that biology has an important stake, no less than the physical sciences.
As you must have thought yourself contamination is not an exclusive concern for biology, though this is possibly more sensitive to it. We ought to be on guard against large scale chemical contamination, especially by radio-active isotopes, if the scientific values of ultimate lunar research are to be conserved. You know yourself what is happening to C14 dating now.
Yours sincerely,
Joshua Lederberg
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