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The Sol Spiegelman Papers

Letter from Guido Pontecorvo to Sol Spiegelman pdf (66,265 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Guido Pontecorvo to Sol Spiegelman
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1948-03-25 (March 25, 1948)
Pontecorvo, Guido
University of Glasgow
Spiegelman, Sol
Reproduced with permission of the University of Glasgow.
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Enzymes and Genetics, 1940-1955
Metadata Record Letter from Sol Spiegelman to Guido Pontecorvo (January 3, 1948) pdf (165,965 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Box Number: 9
Folder Number: 30
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Letters (correspondence)
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Series: Correspondence, 1946-1983
Folder: Pontecorvo, G., 1947-1969
25th March, 1948.
Dear Sol,
I received a long time ago a long letter from you which I have lost somewhere and I apologize for the delay in replying.
The question of the "adaptable" mutants is most interesting and I believe Ryan and Lederberg are emphasizing, and following up, only cases in which the adaptation is obviously due to mutation and selection, instead of those in which the mechanism is cytoplasmic. As I told you last summer in Stockholm (but you probably have forgotten about it) one of our aerobacter mutants requiring nicotinic-acid was at first of the "adaptable" type. But by growing it rapidly on a medium containing nicotinic-acid, the mutant has become a straightforward one requiring nicotinic-acid. This prompted us to write the letter to Nature which you know. The interpretation of this situation is something along the lines of Sonneborn's "killers" becoming "non-killers" when cell division is fast enough.
I am now working with yeast in order to study the same problem on an organism in which Genetics can be done.
I still hope that you will be able to come over here next summer and, if possible, tell us fuller details of your most interesting story of the analogous situation in yeast.
With best wishes to you and family,
Yours sincerely,
S. Pontecorvo
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