Letter from Xandra Breakefield to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Breakefield thanks Marshall Nirenberg for her experience observing his work in the NIH laboratory and the "real impact
[it has] on the individual." She also extends her admiration for the "sense of personal achievement that you seem
to glow with." She hopes that she will also be able to use her talent "in a way that will profit me and others."
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1962-03-25 (March 25, 1962)
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Reproduced with permission of Xandra Breakefield.
Public Reactions to the Genetic Code, 1961-1968
Letter from Xandra Breakefield to Marshall W. Nirenberg (February 19, 1962)
Letter from Marshall W. Nirenberg to Xandra Breakefield (March 12, 1962)
I want to thank you for really showing me what research is to the individual engaged in it. I can't tell you how impressed
I was with the sense of personal achievement that you seem to glow with. And this is what I wanted to know, not facts and
figures that my lack of education would render unmeaningful [sic], but the real impact on the individual. I needed some kind
of proof that all this memory that I'm filling full of facts is going to be used eventually in a way that will profit
me and others. You showed me what I was hoping was there. Now I just
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have to sit down and start studying. There's something so challenging about a profession that you must prepare for.
Thank you again. You'll probably be hearing from me when I need advice again.