In 1966, geneticist and Nobel laureate George Beadle and his wife Muriel published a laymen's guide to genetics titled
"The Language of Life: An Introduction to the Science of Genetics." In an earlier letter, Muriel Beadle had asked
Kornberg to clarify some details of his DNA synthesis work to include in the book. In this letter, she attached a chapter
draft incorporating his response.
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1965-02-14 (February 14, 1965)
Original Repository: Stanford University Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Arthur Kornberg Papers
Reproduced with permission of Redmond J. Barnett.
"Creating Life in the Test Tube," 1959-1970
Letter from Muriel Beadle to Arthur Kornberg (January 26, 1965)
Letter from Arthur Kornberg to Muriel Beadle (February 4, 1965)
[Chapter 19, p. 219] [ca. February 1965]
Feb. 14, 1965
It's a lovely story; thank you so much. And I do think it can be called "a scientific example of serendipity."
We've added the enclosed insert to our manuscript. We weren't absolutely sure that you had given us permission to
use the information you sent, so we are sending a carbon. Changes can be made on the galleys.
You can see from the language that we really are aiming at the layman with virtually no knowledge of science.