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Letter from Elizabeth and Francis J. Ryan to Joshua and Esther Lederberg pdf (188,200 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Elizabeth and Francis J. Ryan to Joshua and Esther Lederberg
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1952-06 (June 1952)
Ryan, Elizabeth J.
Ryan, Francis J.
Lederberg, Esther
Lederberg, Joshua
Reproduced with permission of Elizabeth J. Ryan.
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence B
Box Number: 8
Folder Number: 27
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1947-1953
Folder: Ryan, Francis J.
Dear Esther and Josh,
The conference at Ames went OK. Alas, Plough had been called to Washington and is scheduled to talk sometime in July. He had not turned in an outline so I can send you nothing but a conference program for Bruce. We'll have to wait for a year to read what Plough will say.
Volume 5 of Heredity was being bound at Ames so I'll have to wait till Sept. to find out what Lewis has found. I did get a chance to read Case's paper on whale blood and I must agree, if his work can be confirmed, the N2 fixation is to be attributed to bacterial contaminants. I introduce the qualification because Case's finding that sterile blood fixes no N2 is in direct contradiction with the claim of Laurie that fixation is not a function of bacterial presence.
Now that Ames is passed we can really feel that our vacation has begun. The first night out we camped on a point extending into one of Minnesotas [sic] thousands of uninhabited lakes. An uninhibited swim before supper, a hearty wood-fire-cooked meal and a pipe afterwards quickly removed the grime and the weariness of the day's drive. Among the wildlife we enjoyed were a sporting otter and a loon who laughed for us during the night.
Betty and I very much enjoyed our visit with you last week. We only wish it had been longer and that we had been able to see more of Bruce as well, and not only under conditions of evening fatigue. Hope we can see you on the way back, either in Madison again or in New York
Best regards, Sincerely,
Betty and Francis
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