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The Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Louis G. Chacos, Montgomery Junior College to Marshall W. Nirenberg pdf (62,540 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Louis G. Chacos, Montgomery Junior College to Marshall W. Nirenberg
Description:
Chacos asks Nirenberg if any of his experiments "suggest whether or not any human characteristics, generally referred to as personality, may be genetically determined." Chacos is skeptical regarding the position of social scientists who maintain that all characteristics are acquired.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (62,540 Bytes)
Date:
1967-02-14 (February 14, 1967)
Creator:
Chacos, Louis G.
Montgomery Junior College
Recipient:
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Louis G. Chacos.
Exhibit Category:
Public Reactions to the Genetic Code, 1961-1968
Box Number: 4
Folder Number: 39
Unique Identifier:
JJBBZY
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Series II: Correspondence, 1953-1993
Folder: General, 1953-1977
Transcript:
February 14, 1967
Dear Dr. Nirenberg:
I read with great interest the report in the newspaper of your receiving the 31st annual Research Corporation Award for "outstanding achievements in science" at the dinner held in New York on January 19 and wish to add our congratulations. We are the most interested in your experiments pertaining to "protein synthesis which led to a partial 'cracking' of the genetic code and stimulation of further research activity all over the world."
In the teaching of health education to our many students, we are covering this area of genetics and the inherited physical aspects of man. I am interested in finding out if your experiments suggest whether of not any human characteristics, generally referred to as personality, may be genetically determined. I for one am not ready to concede that all characteristics are acquired as irrefutably stated by associates who are social scientists.
If time will permit, we shall be most appreciative of any response you may give to the question posed.
Sincerely yours,
Louis G. Chacos
Chairmen of Health and Physical Education
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