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The Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers

Letter from Frank J. Ayd, Jr. to Marshall W. Nirenberg pdf (64,940 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Frank J. Ayd, Jr. to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Ayd requests Nirenberg's views on the topic of when life begins. He suggests that doctors would be interested in Nirenberg's ideas and that Nirenberg's response would help to make his intended article on the topic more authoritative.
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1967-11-03 (November 3, 1967)
Ayd, Frank J. Jr
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
[National Heart Institute. Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics]
Reproduced with permission of Frank J. Ayd Jr.
Exhibit Category:
Beyond the Laboratory: Professional, Personal, and Political Life, 1967-2002
Box Number: 4
Folder Number: 40
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Series II: Correspondence, 1953-1993
Folder: General, 1953-1977
November 3, 1967
Dear Doctor Nirenberg:
I am planning to write an article on "When Does Human Life Begin?" in which I would include the views of world renowned authorities on this subject. As you well know, there are physicians who hold that human life begins at the moment of conception and others who say human life does not begin until implantation. What would be your answer to this? I would be indebted to you, if you would send me your answer with the reasons for it, along with permission to include it as part of my article. Your reply could be as long as you wish to make it.
I solicit your cooperation because I am convinced that doctors would be interested in what you think is the proper answer to this timely question.
It is my desire to make this article as authoritative as possible. Enclosed is a partial list of those to whom copies of this letter is being sent. Since you undoubtedly know other authorities in this field, I appeal to your generosity by asking you to send me the names and addresses of others whose opinion I should solicit. I am particularly anxious to obtain the names of authorities outside the United States.
I truly would appreciate your suggestions and your answer to the question, "When Does Human Life Begin?".
Hoping that some day I will have the privilege of meeting you, I am
Sincerely yours,
Frank J. Ayd, Jr., M.D.
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