One in a series of letters between Cohen and Mirsky regarding the chemical nature of DNA. In 1974, Cohen produced an article
with Franklin Portugal on the subject that appeared in "Connecticut Medicine."
Item is a photocopy.
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1974-01-29 (January 29, 1974)
Mirsky, Alfred E.
Cohen, Jack S.
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (U.S.)
Original Repository: Rockefeller Archive Center. Alfred E. Mirsky Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Rockefeller Archive Center.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Letter from Alfred E. Mirsky to Jack S. Cohen (June 29, 1973)
Letter from Jack S. Cohen to Alfred E. Mirsky (July 25, 1973)
Letter from Jack S. Cohen to Alfred E. Mirsky (January 25, 1974)
Letter from Jack S. Cohen to Alfred E. Mirsky (February 22, 1974)
The Search for the Chemical Structure of DNA (October 1974)
I have received the revised version of your story. It meets some of the points I mentioned to you in my letter of June 29,
1973. The quotation from the J. Gen. Physiol. 30, 1946, pp. 134-5 is suitable.
The quotation from J. Gen. Physiol. 31, 1947, pp. 7-18 is, in my opinion, irrelevant. It has no relation to whether DNA
was the gene material; it is concerned with the structure of eukaryotic chromosomes. Only in the past few years has it been
shown that a thread of DNA runs through the complete length of the chromosome. This paper is concerned with the non-histone
protein of the chromosome. It may seem to you to have a bearing on Avery's work, but it is concerned with the non-histone
protein (which we discovered) and which is being actively investigated today. If, as you say, "this was not the main area
covered by the paper," this quotation is surely out of place and should be removed.
Perhaps I should say that I am planning to write an account of these events.