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The Oswald T. Avery Collection

Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Martin R. Pollock pdf (48,813 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Martin R. Pollock
This memo to Pollock is part of Lederberg's effort to determine if Avery and Fred Griffith had corresponded during the course of their research on pneumococcus.
Item is a photocopy.
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1 (48,813 Bytes)
1972-11-20 (November 20, 1972)
Lederberg, Joshua
Pollock, Martin R.
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
History of Medicine
Exhibit Categories:
Shifting Focus: Early Work on Bacterial Transformation, 1928-1940
After the Discovery: The Transforming Principle's Reception by the Scientific Community
Metadata Record Letter from Martin R. Pollock to Joshua Lederberg (November 23, 1972) pdf (112,137 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Martin R. Pollock (November 28, 1972) pdf (58,398 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 5
Folder Number: 2
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Commentary on Avery and His Work, 1944-2005
SubSeries: Inquiries on Avery
Folder: Lederberg Inquiries, 1962, 1972-1978
Memo from Joshua Lederberg
To: Martin Pollock
Nov 20 1972
Thank you for the xerocopies of Maxted, Wilson's correspondence.
I will write Elliot directly.
Was he the source for the assertion that Avery and Griffith had never met or corresponded I have no evidence to the contrary, but it is a rather strong assertion. However, if Elliot were an intimate of both, he might have had a sound basis for such a statement. Wouldn't it be remarkable if they never exchanged so much as a letter!
Olby has put me on to Dubos memoir on Avery (Roy. Soc. Biogr Mem 56) which puts a somewhat different perspective on the "stimulating guidance of Oswald Avery" (which I also had taken for granted.) Others have also cautioned me that Dawson had taken a more aggressive role in being sure that Griffith was confirmed, and taken account of, at Rockefeller. And evidently much of this was during Avery's illness that effectively kept him out of the lab for several years.
Again, thanks.
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