Letter from Louis G. Chacos, Montgomery Junior College to Marshall W. Nirenberg
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.
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.