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Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Peter Medawar Annotation pdf (45,554 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Peter Medawar
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (45,554 Bytes)
Date:
1973-08-21 (August 21, 1973)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Medawar, Peter
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence D
Box Number: 22
Folder Number: 27
Unique Identifier:
BBARWK
Accession Number:
76
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1961-1978
Folder: Medawar, Peter
Transcript:
Sir Peter Medawar
[stamped, AUG 21 1973]
Dear Peter
Thank you for your very warm invitation to revisit you, which I dare say will be irresistible -- I hope sometime soon.
Can you trace the earliest use of the precise phrase "genetic engineering"? Here it is from 1949-50 (see. encl.). Were you aware of that writing?
Tatum I know referred to "biological engineering" in his 1958 Nobel address, which may have been an independent reintroduction of the cliche. I did see it in one of your reprints.
(Woodhull lecture, 1961.)
Yours,
Joshua.
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW: re early use of phrase genetic engineering; I mention 1949-1950,
probably referring to footnote in P-214:
"The phrase was introduced, as far as I know, by Bernhard J. Stern in a
critique of eugenics by differential breeding: "Human Heredity and Environment,"
Science and Society, XIV (1950) , 122-133 (reprinted in Bernhard J. Stern,
Historical Sociology: Selected Papers [New York: Citadel Press, 19591). The Lysenko
controversy was then at its peak."; Tatum: "biological engineering" in Nobel 1958,
also Medawar Woodhull lecture 1961.;

more: try OED re origins;

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