This letter was written at the outset of the conflict between Watson and Crick over the publication of Watson's account
of their discovery of the double helix. In his letter Watson also reported recent protein sequencing data, the kinds of established
scientific communication that for the next year and a half was to be pushed aside by the controversy over Watson's book.
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1966-05-10 (May 10, 1966)
Watson, James D.
Original Repository: Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
My return was delayed for over a week due to a persistant [sic] flu which did not disappear. Hence my failure to return via
England. I most appreciated your comments on my book, most of which I assume your memory is more correct. On several I am
not sure -- (e.g. Odile certainly did the decorations on the other hand, the fact that most of the dancers would be black
was certainly an inducement that it might be fun --) In several cases I'm sure I'm right. e.g. Bragg himself told
me that he avoided the tea room for fear of hearing your voice. Now I suspect I need about one month of steady work to make
the corrections -- much rewriting of the first 9 chapters -- Doing this in Geneva seems silly so I shall probably put off
the task until mid summer.
We sent a copy of Capyechi's new end group data to Marchev [?] it
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definitely establishs [sic] that the following NH2 terminal sequences exist
very little of any f-neth-neth exists
given Keller's end group data. I suspect in time
will be found. These structures no as hot chance [?] that the beginning sequences may be
AUGGC . . . f-neth-ala
Could this be a way to control the rate at which RNA polymerase attachs [sic] to cistron operors [?]?