Further to my previous note about early history. I have some material from Arnold Ravin that he used as documentation for
his memorial paper on Harriett, that supports the idea that she first learned of Avery's work from the 1944 paper and
then took the initiative herself of writing to him about being a student there. I wish I had a better recollection, or more
detailed data, about how she and Francis Ryan related in their perception about the importance of this work for genetics.
I am sending you a copy of a letter that Harriett sent me which is quite intriguing for referring to a draft history about
transformation, I think we have discussed before. What is enclosed here is all I have of it and I just wonder if you do not
have the rest. I made a parallel inquiry to Boris, although he has already told me he does not recall having seen anything
like this among her effects.
You might also be just the person to ask for the reference to her published work on plasmalogen which I know she worked on
between Zoology and Rockefeller, and which I just have not been able to lay my hands on. I have had a little trouble figuring
out why she worked on this particular subject unless it was simply an expedient way to learn some biochemistry while waiting
to connect with Avery. I would also be curious to know exactly when you first connected with transformation yourself. In fact,
if I recall were you not also working in part on tissue aldehydes about the same time that Harriett was, and was there some
nexus there that relates to the congruency of your future interests?