Crick met the theoretical physicist and Nobel Laureate Igor Tamm at the Third International Congress of Biochemistry in Moscow
in August 1961, and credited him with helping to free biology in the Soviet Union from the influence of Trofim Lysenko, who
had held that heredity is not based on chromosomes or genes and that acquired characteristics can be passed on to offspring.
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1962-12-05 (December 5, 1962)
Tamm, Igor Y.
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Thank you so much for your congratulations on the Nobel Prize and for your very flattering remarks. It was an especial pleasure
to hear from you as I so much enjoyed our meeting in Moscow last year. The enthusiastic support which you have been giving
to molecular biology has not gone unnoticed, and makes us all optimistic for the future of biology in the U.S.S.R.
May I also echo your hope that these discoveries will be used for the benefit of humanity. I wish I thought this will be easy