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Remarkably a rather similar ideology impeded the development of bacterial genetics -- cf. Hinshelwood's "Chemical
Kinetics of the Bacterial Cell"; and I believe even Max Delbruck never quite escaped entrancement by such alluring physics-chemical
Meanwhile, Alexander Weinstein has located the passage I was seeking (see encl.) I do now know what would substantiate Iltis'
assertion: Nageli's papers would be a reasonable place to look; but I do not know what is extant.
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May I ask your attention to another matter. For some time I have been fascinated by the degree to which Darwin and Pasteur
ignored each other. I enclose the only mutual references I have been able to find.
As I note you have specialized in Pasteur, I wonder if you can add to this?
An even more fundamental issue: can you comment on Pasteur's position in re monomorphism as enunciated by Cohn and Koch?
How did personal and national rivalry influence the development of scientific doctrine in this field?
I am sure you will understand my preoccupation with these questions.
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P.S. -- Reductionism
To answer Mays 1969: much of the development of molecular and microbial genetics after 1944 surely must be called reductionist:
e.g. the successful search for genetic recombination in bacteria
the solution theory of adaptation (drug resistance)
the elective theory of antibody formation
the mechanisms of DNA replication (Kornberg).
Not so are the discovery of the role of DNA in genetic transformation (Griffith -- Avery)
Transduction in bacteria
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nor the vast majority of (recent) practical developments in pharmacology and medicine. (sic!)
With respect to the latter, I believe we are on the point of a new cycle of rational reductive applications, symbolized by
the rising "DNA engineering" technologies.