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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Alfred E. Mirsky to Edward L. Tatum pdf (52,853 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Alfred E. Mirsky to Edward L. Tatum
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (52,853 Bytes)
Date:
1964-10-13 (October 13, 1964)
Creator:
Mirsky, Alfred E.
Recipient:
Tatum, Edward L.
Source:
Original Repository: Rockefeller Archive Center. Alfred E. Mirsky Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Rockefeller Archive Center.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Bacteriology
Research
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Box Number: 4
Folder Number: 6
Unique Identifier:
CCAAGN
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Chronological
Folder: 1964-1969
Transcript:
October 13, 1964
Dear Ed,
I have received your letter about the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the sponsorship program. Let me wish the laboratory a bright future.
There are some points in the memorandum on the sponsorship program that deserve comment. On page 3, in the paragraph referring to the future, there comes this sentence: "The spectacular advances in biology of the last 10 years--which have often been compared to the burgeoning of physics at the start of this century--have largely been in the field of microbial or unicellular organisms." I greatly admire the contributions of microbiology but, even so, this statement is, in my opinion, simply nonsense. It is, of course, frequently said, but it is nonsense nevertheless. The next sentence about "problems which soon should be attacked" raised a smile for a number of people who read it.
Well, best wishes all the same.
Ever yours,
A.E. Mirsky
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2008-09-24
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