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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Edward L. Tatum pdf (54,728 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Edward L. Tatum
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (54,728 Bytes)
Date:
1972-09-13 (September 13, 1972)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Tatum, Edward L.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Archives
Exhibit Category:
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
Unique Identifier:
CCAAQF
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:
Dear Ed--
1 would like to be able to enlarge on this letter to the editor: did "geneticists really obstruct the early development of molecular biology" (Was it really such a disaster that Mirsky kept us (me?) looking for that last molecule of protein in pneumococcal DNA?) Judging from the actual speed of further discovery it is hard to make that kind of a case.
What I wonder is whether you still have correspondence involving Francis or myself in the interval 1944-45 concerning either
perceptions about Avery, or in particular the expts. that Ryan and I did try on transforming Neurospora, or
early glimmers about looking for recombination in bacteria.
There are not many such papers still to be found, and I want to try to gather up what may still be left. I do enclose a shaky carbon copy of a letter from me to you-- do you still have the original? or a copy of your reply?
I'm sorry we did not have a bit more time together when I was in N.Y. in the spring; and I hope you will have been feeling fitter than you did just then.
All the best, as ever,
Josh.
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2009-06-19
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