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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Alfred E. Mirsky to L. C. Dunn pdf (52,066 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Alfred E. Mirsky to L. C. Dunn
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (52,066 Bytes)
Date:
1969-12-04 (December 4, 1969)
Creator:
Mirsky, Alfred E.
Recipient:
Dunn, L. C.
Source:
Original Repository: Rockefeller Archive Center. Alfred E. Mirsky Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Rockefeller Archive Center.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Box Number: 4
Folder Number: 6
Unique Identifier:
CCAAGR
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:
December 4, 1969
Dear Dunny,
I am not at all concerned about any errors being attributed to me. What I had in mind was your statement that Miescher suggested that nuclein (equivalent to our DNA) was the active genetic material of sperm. This really is incorrect. Miescher mentioned the possibility that nuclein is the genetic material and firmly rejected it. This role for nuclein was in 1881, 1882 and 1884 clearly advanced by Zacharias*, Sachs and Hertwig. Miescher opposed the idea. At the time that E. B. Wilson mentioned this role for nuclein it was generally accepted in Germany. The early experiments and thoughts concerned with the role of nuclein in heredity form an interesting episode in the history of genetics. I wish it had found a place in your chapter. That was all I had in mind.
Ever yours,
Alfred E. Mirsky
* Zacharias was the person who first showed that DNA is located in chromosomes.
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2008-09-26
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