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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Torbjorn Caspersson pdf (57,181 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Torbjorn Caspersson
In this memo, Lederberg thanked Caspersson for responding to his inquiry on the materials used by the Nobel Committee to consider nominees, especially Avery.
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1972-11-06 (November 6, 1972)
Lederberg, Joshua
Caspersson, Torbjorn
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Metadata Record Letter from Torbjorn Caspersson to Joshua Lederberg (October 20, 1972) pdf (62,896 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Inquiries on Avery
Folder: Lederberg Inquiries, 1962, 1972-1978
Memo from Joshua Lederberg
To: Prof. Caspersson
NOV 6 1972
re: History of DNA
Dear Torbjorn--
Thank you for your comments. I was distressed to hear about the Baltimore Harbor incident. There is no telling what a wartime menta1ity can generate. You may know that another govt. branch was going to great effort to obtain copies of German scientific publications from European sources (Switzerland?) and was reprinting them here for the benefit of schools and research institutes! I don't know if they attempted this for Swedish publications also, but I can find out if you have any interest,
For my part, I would ask you if there is any more detailed account of that Baltimore affair. How did you come to learn of it?
Of course I fully appreciate the concerns about confidentiality on the documentation of the Nobel Prizes; and 50 years will be soon enough to use this material in a sound historical perspective. What distresses me is to learn how rapidly papers disappear from my colleagues (and my own) files. I have run across this small 'indiscretion' (?) about Avery that may interest you.
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