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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Marion Himes to Joshua Lederberg pdf (59,093 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Marion Himes to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
In this reply to Lederberg, Himes indicated that she recalled the differences between Mirsky and Avery, but could recall little about perceptions of Avery from the period of 1944-45.
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (59,093 Bytes)
Date:
1972-09-21 (September 21, 1972)
Creator:
Himes, Marion
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Steve Himes.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Marion Himes (September 14, 1972) pdf (51,134 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/CCAAJJ.pdf
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
Unique Identifier:
CCAAJK
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Inquiries on Avery
Folder: Lederberg Inquiries, 1962, 1972-1978
Transcript:
Sept 21, 1972
Dear Josh,
It was good to hear from you after so long a time and to have memories brought back of 1944-45. It was fun thinking about Woalger's [?] mathematical approach to biology and how impossible it was -- your using somewhat similar methods for organic chemistry is really the only reasonable possibility. I never could keep up with your ideas but I enjoyed them and your reprint. Thanks for it.
My memories of the reception of Avery's work consist of discussions with Pollister (about 1947) as he spoke of his conflicts with Mirsky -- Pollister said that Mirsky wanted the residual protein of the chromosome to be the genetic material, and therefore (M.) thought that transformation was due to a protein impurity.
I don't know the answer to your question about Avery's paper. I never knew Harriet very well and so if she talked about it before Jan '45 I wouldn't know.
As ever,
Marion
(Himes)
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2007-01-12
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