Letter from Linus Pauling to James D. Watson and Francis Crick
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1953-03-27 (March 27, 1953)
Watson, James D.
Original Repository: Oregon State University. Library. Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. Oregon State University Library.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
The Search for the Molecular Helix
27 March 1953
Dear Dr. Watson and Mr. Crick:
I am very glad to have your letter of 21 March, and to see the letter that you are sending off to NATURE.
I think that it is fine that there are now two proposed structures for nucleic acid, and I am looking forward to finding out
what the decision will be as to which is incorrect. Without doubt the King's-College data will eliminate one or the other.
We have taken care of the trouble of too small van der Waals contacts in our structure by rotating the phosphate groups. I
do not think that the matter of repulsion between the charged phosphates is an important one. I am not saying, however, that
I feel strongly that our structure is right, rather than yours.