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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Rebecca C. Lancefield to Joshua Lederberg pdf (45,761 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Rebecca C. Lancefield to Joshua Lederberg
Description:
In this letter, Lancefield informed Lederberg that she believed that Avery and Fred Griffith did not correspond with each other.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (45,761 Bytes)
Date:
1972-12-12 (December 12, 1972)
Creator:
Lancefield, Rebecca C.
Recipient:
Lederberg, Joshua
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Rockefeller University.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
Unique Identifier:
CCAAKW
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:
December 12, 1972
Dear Dr. Lederberg:
I probably was the source of Dr. Elliott's "definite opinion" that Dr. Avery and Dr. Griffith never met or corresponded. I can only say that this certainly has always been my impression and was doubtless casually stated around the laboratory. Dr. Avery was not a prolific correspondent and usually wrote letters only if he had to. Of course, Dr. Griffith died in 1941, before Dr. Avery and his group had the definitive work on the pneumococcus DNA published in 1944. Dr. Avery was a perfectionist and very careful about speaking prematurely of work in progress.
It is always hard to unearth this sort of information at a later date. It did not seem important, only natural, at the time.
I am afraid this is not much help to you.
Sincerely,
Rebecca C. Lancefield
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2008-09-24
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