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The Francis Crick Papers

Title:
Letter from Francis Crick to Marshall W. Nirenberg pdf (100,665 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to Marshall W. Nirenberg
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1 (100,665 Bytes)
Date:
1966-05-10 (May 10, 1966)
Creator:
Crick, Francis
Recipient:
Nirenberg, Marshall W.
Source:
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
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Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Genetic Code
Exhibit Category:
Deciphering the Genetic Code, 1958-1966
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Francis Crick to Marshall W. Nirenberg (April 21, 1966) pdf (148,339 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Metadata Record Letter from Marshall W. Nirenberg to Francis Crick (May 7, 1966) pdf (339,224 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Box Number: 10
Folder Number: PP/CRI/D/1/1/14
Unique Identifier:
SCBBCB
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence
SubSeries: Alphabetical Correspondence
SubSubSeries: Correspondence 1
Folder: Correspondence N
Transcript:
10th May, 1966.
Dear Marshall,
Relax! Relax! I didn't really believe that you had acted in an elaborate underhand way, but I had to point out to you how it might appear to someone looking at it from outside.
It seems to me that you were perhaps foolish on two points:
(1) You might well have sent both Gobind and myself, as a matter of courtesy, a Xerox copy of your PNAS paper at the time you submitted it.
(2) Having suggested that your paper on Holley's sRNA be published with Gobind's and mine you should have tried to write it up promptly to avoid delays to our papers.
I agree with your general remarks that the questions of priority are trivial, and as far as I know Brian Clark and Kal Marcker have no complaints. (Incidentally, it was Menninger who visited you, not Marcker.) Nor does it greatly concern me personally how you publish your results, since I am only doing theoretical work. But you must realise that, rightly or wrongly, Gobind was upset when your PNAS paper appeared. I think therefore you should write him a nice, calm letter covering the two points I have mentioned above. Will you do this? You may have told him on the telephone about your PNAS paper, but that is not his impression. He thought you wanted the reference for your paper about Halley's sRNA.
I do sympathise with your problem of writing up work already completed. Sydney and I often have the same trouble. In the long run I think it pays to write up things promptly.
Looking forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor,
Yours sincerely,
F. H. C. Crick
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