Letter from Christian B. Anfinsen, John Dearden to Standard Oil Company
In this letter from Anfinsen and Deardon, the two solicit the Standard Oil Company for assistance in setting up Anfinsen's
new lab at Johns Hopkins University. In it, they outline the great potential value and industrial applications that Anfinsen's
research in thermophilic bacteria could have for the company.
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1983-03-21 (March 21, 1983)
Anfinsen, Christian B.
Johns Hopkins University
Standard Oil Company
Reproduced with permission of Libby Anfinsen.
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Prospectus of Proposed Research: Extremely Thermophilic Bacteria [ca. March 1983]
A group of us here at The Johns Hopkins University, representing a fairly broad spectrum of biology, chemistry and chemical
engineering, would like to submit the enclosed prospectus for your consideration in connection with the Centers for Scientific
Excellence described in the February 14 issue of Chemical and Engineering News.
We are very enthusiastic about the potential of the program which is based on the unique properties of a population of extremely
thermophilic bacteria isolated from effluents emerging from tectonic vents in the Pacific Ocean at temperatures of 350 degrees
C, and upwards of 300 atmospheres pressure. Preliminary studies that have been carried out on the metabolic properties of
these organisms suggest that they may serve as B source of unusually heat stable enzymes and enzymes systems that might have
great value in industrial applications.
We look forward to hearing from you about the next stage in the selection process and, at that time, can go into considerably
more detail in relation to the staffing and budgeting of the overall proposal.