Postcard from Zhores Medvedev to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Medvedev thanks Nirenberg for the reprints and preprints of his work on protein synthesis and the coding problem. Medvedev
is hopeful that the work in genetics will finally end the legacy of Lysenkoism.
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1962-03-03 (March 3, 1962)
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of Zhores Medvedev.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Amino Acid Sequence
Synthetic RNA and the Poly-U Experiments, 1959-1962
Many thanks for your kind letter of January 26 and for the sending to me reprints and pre-print of your remarkable works in
protein synthesis which I received yesterday and have read with great admiration. Your works together with Ochoa and Crick's
publications on coding problem made a great impressions here and this connected with some reasons First of all -- we have
here rather influencial [sic] group of biologists and geneticists who for the very long time criticized and rejected the coding
problem as non-scientific and idealistic (morganism-mendelism). You probably know about long and great discussion on heredity
which was started by Lysenko and which seemed to be permanent. The new experimental direct attack in coding problem -- is
a good basis for the settlement of this hard discussion. Therefore I see to this achievement not only as the great discovery
of natural sciences, but as to the important step which can make influence to the situation in genetics here and to improve
this situation. Of course, I should be happy to receive information about the new results of this interesting work