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The Rosalind Franklin Papers

Letter from Sydney Brenner to Rosalind Franklin pdf (59,163 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Sydney Brenner to Rosalind Franklin
Future Lasker and Nobel Prize winner Sydney Brenner had met Franklin during her 1954 visit to the UC Berkeley virus laboratory, where he had been a visiting fellow. He was at that time just beginning to do focused work in molecular biology. At the end of 1956, he would obtain a position at the Cavendish in Cambridge, where he would share an office with Francis Crick for twenty years.
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1955-03-04 (March 4, 1955)
[Brenner, Sydney]
Franklin, Rosalind
Original Repository: Churchill Archives Centre. The Papers of Rosalind Franklin
Reproduced with permission of Sydney Brenner.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Tobacco Mosaic Virus
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Envisioning Viruses: Birkbeck College, London, 1953-1958
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Letters (correspondence)
Series: Work on Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV)
Folder: Correspondence Regarding Franklin's Research, 1953-1958
Physiology Department
Medical School,
March 4, 1955
Dear Rosalind,
Thank you very much for your letter: I didn't spend much time in London when I got back but am sorry that I didn't see you again. To business first: I can't find anybody here suitable for the position that you have to offer. All my old students have either gone to England already or are doing Medicine here. Have you tried the Biochemistry Departments at English Universities? I can make one suggestion: a friend of mine, who is a fellow of Christchurch College at Oxford, teaches Biochem. and may know of someone. His name is Dr. A.C. Allison and the address is the college. I am sorry I can't be more helpful.
My own work is under way at last. I'm continuing with work begun in Berkeley, namely phage growth in protoplasts. I should be able to tell whether RNA is needed for specific protein synthesis and there may possible [sic] emerge a biological test for RNA. If this is so we could tell whether ppns. were degraded at all. But all this is pure possibility at the moment; however, I shall keep you in touch with any developments.
I had a letter from Jack Dremitz who says that he and Alex Rich have taken pictures of TMV and the noninfectious protein and have evidence that the RNA is on the inside. How is your own work getting on? I am so isolated here that I depend on letters to keep me in touch.
Yours sincerely,
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