Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Paul Berg Papers
Reproduced with permission of Paul Berg.
Protein Synthesis, Tumor Viruses, and Recombinant DNA, 1959-1975
Letter from Maxine Singer to Paul Berg (May 14, 1962)
May 7, 1962
I don't think I thanked you enough for one of the most enjoyable evenings I've had in a long time. Your dinner was
sensational even if they were stale macaroons. Because your guests and Dan were so stimulating and the discussions were mostly
political, I never did get a chance to talk science with you. It wasn't until the next day that Jack Preiss told me at
lunch that you and Guilio had recently submitted a very elegant paper on the distribution of rare bases in amino acid acceptor
RNA. I wish I could have talked to you about it, but I hope that you will be willing to send me a preprint of this paper.
Under separate cover I'm sending copies of the two papers which have been accepted in the Journal of Molecular Biology
on our sequence studies. I hope these could be made available to anyone else in the department that's interested.
There are also two questions which I wanted to ask you and forgot. These are: a) the relative affinity of the different
homopolymers for polynucleotide phosphorylase, especially in comparison to RNA; and b) the affinity of arsenate relative to
phosphate in the depolymerization. Any papers or preprints you have relative to the arsenalysis reaction would be deeply
Please give my best to Dan and again let me extend a very sincere invitation to you both to visit us if and when you decide
to visit the West Coast.