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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from G. Desmond Clark-Walker to Joshua Lederberg Annotation pdf (103,140 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from G. Desmond Clark-Walker to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (103,140 Bytes)
Date:
1963-05-28 (May 28, 1963)
Creator:
Clark-Walker, G. Desmond
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of G. Desmond Clark-Walker.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence D
Box Number: 17
Folder Number: 8
Unique Identifier:
BBAHCD
Accession Number:
12
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1961-1978
Folder: Clark-Walker, G. Desmond
Transcript:
28/5/63
Dear Dr. Lederberg,
I have read with considerable interest your recent article in Nature in relation to the Future of Man. This article has stimulated me to write concerning a 'half baked' idea I have had and to ask for your comments.
Briefly it consists of a human-algal symbiosis. Analogous situations can be found in the animal kingdom, hydra, sponges, protozoa. The technological problems of such a relationship are enormous but the major initial consideration is whether a large enough algal population could be established to produce any quantitative benefits.
The advantages on paper of such a relationship are attractive, the algae use metabolic CO2 and liberate O2 and carbohydrate providing a system immediately applicable say in long
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term space travel. The problems on the other hand loom large, immunochemistry, parasitism toxicology. It could also prove social dynamite in relation to pigmented people with a shielded melanophore layer.
I have been purposely brief in the above outline in order not to bother you with the trivia of what may well be my stupidity.
At present I am studying for a D.Phil degree in the Dept of Biochemistry Oxford.
Yours sincerely
Desmond Clark-Walker
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:  human-algal symbiosis;
Des.Clark-Walker@anu.edu.au;

[why not]? cf Lewin RA 1987 Nature 326:743-744. Why are cows not green?

jl  12/17/99