Letter from Fritz Lipmann to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from Fritz Lipmann to Francis Crick
Description:
In this letter the biochemist Fritz Lipmann reported on work on the coding problem undertaken by fellow Nobel Laureate Severo Ochoa at New York University School of Medicine. Crick's contention that the code was degenerate, i.e. that more than one triplet could code for an amino acid, was borne out during the next few years, and Lipmann's doubts in this regard, expressed in his letter, were disproved. The letter also demonstrated that by 1961, most researchers had abandoned the idea that the code might be overlapping, that is, that a triplet might share a base with both the preceding and succeeding triplet.
Extent:
2 pages
Date Created:
27 November 1961
Creator:
Lipmann, Fritz (Fritz Albert), 1899-1986
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Source:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Right Type:
Permission Granted - No Conditions
Right Statement:
Reproduced with permission of Stephen Lipmann.
Subject:
Genetic Code
Profiles in Science ID:
SCBBBV
NLM ID:
101584582X10
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
Text
Location:
Box: 10. Folder: PP/CRI/D/1/1/12