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The Francis Crick Papers

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Letter from Francis Crick to Harold Frank Robinson, North Carolina State University Institute of Biological Sciences pdf (162,540 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Francis Crick to Harold Frank Robinson, North Carolina State University Institute of Biological Sciences
Description:
This letter concerned the Elisha Mitchell Memorial Lecture, which Crick delivered at North Carolina State University on March 5, 1964, with the title "Molecular Genetics."
NOTE: The typeface of this document was faint, and as a result, the scanned image is slightly fuzzy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (162,540 Bytes)
Date:
1964-02-21 (February 21, 1964)
Creator:
Crick, Francis
Recipient:
Robinson, Harold Frank
North Carolina State University. Institute of Biological Sciences
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):
Molecular Biology
Exhibit Category:
Deciphering the Genetic Code, 1958-1966
Box Number: 35
Folder Number: PP/CRI/E/1/12/4
Unique Identifier:
SCBBCV
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Poor
Series: Travels and Meetings
SubSeries: Meetings Attended
SubSubSeries: Travels and Meetings 1964
Folder: Elisha Mitchell Memorial Lecture, North Carolina
Transcript:
February 21, 1964
Dear Dr. Robinson:
I am sorry not to have replied more promptly to your letter of 12 February, but because I have been travelling it only reached me yesterday.
I would suggest that the title of the Lecture be "Molecular Genetics". The laboratory in which I work is the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England. (I am not the Director of it.)
The Lecture will deal with the chemical nature of the genetic material, how it is copied and the way it influences the cell by controlling the production of specific protein molecules. It will explain how the genetic information is written on a polymer--a very long, thin molecule--in a four-letter chemical code. The cell "translates" this into the twenty-letter code used to manufacture protein molecules. Because of the enormous magnification produced by this process, a mistake of a single atom in the genetic material may, in special cases, cause the death of the organism.
I enclose a very short biographical note. I'm sorry I don't have my standard version with me. You can find further details, if you wish, in WHO'S WHO. I'm afraid I don't have a photo of myself here.
I shall be very pleased to have a meal with the Genetics Faculty and talk to them about recent developments. Looking forward to meeting you on March 5.
Yours sincerely,
F.H.C. Crick
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