Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Arthur Kornberg Papers
Reproduced with permission of William F. Dove.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Astonishing Machines of Replication: Stanford, 1970-Present
Letter from William F. Dove to Arthur Kornberg (September 30, 1971)
Letter from Arthur Kornberg to William F. Dove (October 15, 1971)
October 18, 1971
Thank you for your warm letter. I am eager to know the outcome of your test of the RNA primer hypothesis, especially since
we are not favorable toward models with such tight coupling!
In regard to the question raised in my letter, I hasten to say that I am sure that your recognition of RNA polymerase involvement
is completely original and independent. The argument from the properties of all known DNA polymerases is strong. Instead,
I am concerned that the average reader of your paper will not be able to enjoy the idea in the way Dale did when you told
him about it. There is a great deal of intellectual pleasure in seeing an idea reached independently by several different
pathways of half-blind groping. Only your paper can point out this connection since the lambda papers are already published.