With regard to the relationship of Harriett Taylor to our group here at Rockefeller, I believe that she first approached Avery
about doing postdoctoral work in his laboratory at about the time she was completing her degree requirements in the spring
of 1945. She then joined the lab that summer. I do not know who contacted Avery about this and it may have been Harriett herself.
Certainly she was motivated by an intense interest in working in the transformation field. Just where she got that interest
is another question, and I can only contribute a small point on the issue. Dobzhansky was aware of the Griffith phenomenon
and the fact that it was still under investigation in Avery's lab, and in the 1941 edition of his "Genetics and the
Origin of Species" he discussed transformation and added "If this transformation is described as a genetic mutation
-- and it is difficult to avoid so describing it -- ". . . . Thus, at least one of Harriett's professors saw the genetic
implications of transformation.