Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Arthur Kornberg Papers
Reproduced with permission of Arthur Kornberg.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
"Creating Life in the Test Tube," 1959-1970
Letter from Van R. Potter to Arthur Kornberg (May 18, 1960)
July 5, 1960
It was very kind of you to send me your latest modification of the DNA model. I have had a chance to study it and play with
it a little. While it is a most ingenious way of showing the hydrogen bond connections, I find it awkward to use the models
for instructional purposes. I seriously doubt that these modifications will be of sufficient usefulness to the average student
to warrant the extra expense and complication. Another limitation is the fact that the two wires which keep the double strand
together fix the model in such a way that single nucleotide units cannot be put in or taken out.
I'd like to tell you again how popular and valuable the models were in our general biochemistry course. We distributed
four nucleotide pairs gratis and invited those who wished to build a large-scale model to buy their own. On this basis, we
sold fifty or more models to a class of about one hundred.