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):
The Synthesis of DNA, 1953-1959
Letter from Alexander Rich to Arthur Kornberg (March 8, 1957)
Box Number: 24
Folder Number: 25
March 14, 1957
I am grateful that you sent me the reprints of your work on RNA, which certainly are suggestive that macromolecules of interesting
structure are being formed.
With respect to our own work we have devoted ourselved completely toward developing a procedure for the purification of the
enzyme that will be adaptable to large scale operation, and that will free us of interfering enzymes that terminate the reaction
prematurely. We have succeeded to the extent that our synthetic reaction results in a production of DNA that is at least
equivalent to the amount with which we started. Since the enzyme preparation has an amount of contaminating nuclease in it
that could reasonably account for the exhaustion of the substrate under experimental conditions, I would regard this amount
of DNA as representing no intrinsic property of the system. It is tempting to stop and examine some of the properties of
our more purified ensyme, but it still seems best to wait until we have more satisfatory enzyme preparations.
There is one minor point of correction with respect to a reference that is cited by Felsenfeld and Davies. The paper that
was submitted concerning the E. coli phosphorylase, cited in reference 3, is by U. Z. Littauer and A. Kornberg which after
a little hassling with the editors is finally in press.