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Letter from John Tooze to Joshua Lederberg pdf (57,265 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from John Tooze to Joshua Lederberg
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1980-02-08 (February 8, 1980)
Tooze, John
Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Lederberg, Joshua
Reproduced with permission of John Tooze.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Transformation, Genetic
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Metadata Record Letter from Joshua Lederberg to John Tooze (January 28, 1980) pdf (48,502 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Metadata Record 50 Years Ago: Bacterial Transformation (November 1978) pdf (174,381 Bytes) ocr (7,201 Bytes)
Box Number: 4
Folder Number: 9
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Chronological
Folder: 1980-1994
8 February 1980
Dear Dr. Lederberg,
Thank you for your recent letter and for the copy of your article that we would like to reproduce in the Recombinant DNA Scrapbook.
In your second note you rightly point out that a sentence in the piece I wrote for TIBS on the work of Griffith was misleading. I must say that when I wrote the piece after having read Griffith's rather long original articles I found it difficult to condense his work into the few hundred words in TIBS, but I do agree with you that Griffith realized as you say, "that the transformation could not concern merely the capsular polysaccharide, but must involve the machinery for its formation".
I am reluctant to publish in TIBS a footnote, not because it was I who made the error but because the article was published so long ago, November 1978. It occurs to me that a much more attractive way to make the correction is to invite you to write something for TIBS on the history of genetic transformation. Would you be prepared to do that? I would be happy if in any article you wrote you specifically refer to and correct the error I made.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,
John Tooze
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