I have had a look at your chapter in the new book edited by Caspari & Ravin. First I read your first few charming paragraphs.
Then I turned to see what you had to say about Miescher. First there is the sentence on page 57: "Yet such was the foresight
or the breadth of view of a medically trained chemist like Friedrich Miescher, who first isolated a nucleic acid that even
in 1871 he supposed it might have a genetic function," Then there is a paragraph on Miescher on page 59 in which there
comes this sentence: "He soon isolated the same acidic compound
from the sperm of other animals and suggested that nuclein was the active genetic material of their sperm."
I am sorry to say that these statements which I quote are not in accord with the documents - Miescher's papers and letters.
The actual events are very interesting and significant for the history of our knowledge of heredity. I did my best to give
an account of what happened in my paper in The Scientific American, to which you refer.