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Memorandum from Joshua Lederberg [on coversation with Theodosius Dobzhansky about Avery] pdf (71,189 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Memorandum from Joshua Lederberg [on coversation with Theodosius Dobzhansky about Avery]
These are notes taken by Lederberg from a conversation he had with Theodosius Dobzhansky about how Dobzhansky and others came to work with Avery in the early 1940s.
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1974-01-22 (January 22, 1974)
Lederberg, Joshua
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
Exhibit Categories:
DNA as the "Stuff of Genes": The Discovery of the Transforming Principle, 1940-1944
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
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Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Inquiries on Avery
Folder: Lederberg Inquiries, 1962, 1972-1978
J.L. Memo 1/22/74
Memo of conversation with Dobzhansky 1/21/74 at Pittendrigh dinner.
Mirsky introduced him to Avery in 1940-41, soon after Dob'y arrived in NY from Padadena. (D' knew Mirsky at Pasadena circa '36, when the latter took a fellowship ? with Pauling). Avery would not admit bacteria had "genes" - these were peculiar to garden peas.
Later Mirsky became very critical of Avery. In D's mind Harriet settled the genetics of DNA purity with proteinase expts. (secondary attribution?)
D: Did not remember White reference in 2' edition. I did not ask him about M. Heidelberger.
D: Did not know how Harriet became interested. She was officially LC Dunn's student. [JL - Mirsky visited Columbia often - seminars, etc., collaborated with Pollister. Perhaps ask Hans Rio if he has any recollections.].
Suggested that Am Ph Soc may have De[ . . . ] papers - e.g. C&H files. [JL: ask Phil Hartman0. D did not really answer my question about his own papers
D poked fun at Caslan's attribution to HJ Muller of having discovered everything [JL and D: like HJM did himself.].
He will send me D. Willistoni paper verifying coadapted gene c[ . . . ] (re RKM questions)
* RKM= RK Merton
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