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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Max F. Perutz to Joshua Lederberg pdf (54,947 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Max F. Perutz to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (54,947 Bytes)
Date:
1994-03-31 (March 31, 1994)
Creator:
Perutz, Max F.
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Robin Perutz.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Transformation, Genetic
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 1
Unique Identifier:
CCAAIE
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: 1994-2004
Transcript:
31-3-94
Dear Dr. Lederberg,
Thank you for your perspectives on the transforming factor. On rereading Avery, Macleod and McCarty, I felt Del[?] Mirsky's doubts were malicious, since they had proved that p[ . . . ]dylic enzymes, RNAase, and succharans[?] left the transforming principle intact, wheeras [sic] DNAase destroyed it. Mirsky had [ . . . ]ed with DNA for years without realising [sic] its import which I regard as the motive for his doubts. Jim Watson had none when he joined us in 1959, and his convictions were reinforced on hearing H[ . . . ]ey and Chen at Cold Spring Harbor in the following year. Did the doubters whom you quote understand enzyme biochemistry? Had they read the paper?
Here is the [ . . . ] you asked for.
With best wishes
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2011-07-25
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