Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Paul Berg Papers
Reproduced with permission of Paul Berg.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Protein Synthesis, Tumor Viruses, and Recombinant DNA, 1959-1975
Letter from Francis Crick to Paul Berg (November 8, 1973)
Letter from Francis Crick to Paul Berg (December 21, 1973)
November 14, 1973
Your last letter was much appreciated. Having said my piece, I'd prefer to let the matter drop and get back to where
we were before all that happened.
Arthur has tried to keep me informed about your progress but I have the feeling some of it is being lost in the transmission.
I'm not quite certain I have all the facts, interpretations or notions but he did say that Rog was in the process of preparing
the most recent findings and interpretations for publication so I'd appreciate
getting a preprint when its available.
As for our own efforts, they are becalmed. There's no one in the lab now working on the, "SV40 Chromatin" and
probably very little more will be done until Jack returns in January. The major obstacle to publishing what we have now is
my insistence on making sure that the isolation procedure for the SV40 chromatin
structures we developed is entirely reliable and reproducable. Moreover, we need to get a good number for the protein-DNA
ratio and for Jack to make good measurements on the dimensional parameters. Marianne Dieckmann will, in the next month or
so, try to confirm the isolation procedure and quantitate the yields. Jack will make the measurements when he returns. All
the rest is written up and ready to go.